Randall's Prawn Goby FOTM April '07

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  1. MDeth

    MDeth Feather Star

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    Randall's Prawn Goby
    Amblyeleotris Randalli

    Perciformes (perch-like)
    Actinopterygii (ray-finned)

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    Care Level:
    Easy. If you have other more agressive fish, make sure to get him some food on the bottom (as they can/do sift sand). Make sure to keep a covered top as you should for all gobies, jawfish and similar swimming fish (fin array - get it? ray-fin, fin array :p ....boooo).


    Reef Safe:
    VERY :)


    Temperment:
    Very shy, especially in the first week or two of introduction. After acclimation to the tank will tend to be less skittish and jumpy (mine just hates the mag-float!). Be sure to make some caves out of LR so he feels secure. Can share a burrow with one or more pistol shrimp (alpheus - candy/tiger/etc).


    Diet:
    Carnivore. Zooplankton, Cyclopeeze, Mysis, enriched brine, and sinking pellet food for long term health. You can try flake, but mine has never aggresively gone after ANY food let alone swim to the top like a tang or clown.


    Origin:
    Western Pacific



    Sexing: Unknown but here are some possiblities.

    Watchman gobies - "not that difficult... males really do tend to me more colorful (sharper yellow and more blue spots) but more importantly... they have thicker lips (fighting/digging), a larger buccal cavity (chin pouch) and the first hard rays of the first dorsal fin are somewhat exaggerated (taller/spikier)" -WWM

    "Rather than trying to describe the relative and variable body shape and color differences between males and females, I'd rather encourage you to gauge which is which for the entire group via their genital papilla. immediately in front of their anal fins. You may need to use a flashlight; the males' are cone-shaped and pointed at the tip; those of females' are generally only visible near spawning and are short and rounded at the tip." 'mikestod'


    Max Size: 12cm : 4.72"
    Max captive: 7.62cm : 3"



    Minimum Tank:
    10 gallon. Although IMO a shorter and wider cube (custom) would be acceptable as they don't swim often, they perch like hawks.


    Personal Notes

    One of the most adorable fish I've seen, and the PERFECT inhabitant for a nano reef! Definately buy from a LFS instead of online because some dorsal (tall/top fin) actually have some fluorescent/neon pigment to them.

    One of the most unique fish (as well as any shrimp goby) in that it burrows (or will use a burrow) like a jawfish, swims like a jawfish, but will perch on anything it pleases.

    I just added my pistol shrimp as this article was written so no firsthand experience yet :(

    As far as sexing the pistol shrimps, I assume that they, like other shrimp, are simultaneous hermaphrodites, and therefore can mate with any other shrimp.
     
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  3. JetEngineMech

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    Very interesting! I've been looking for a critter that burrows and will move some sand around. Thanks!
     
  4. Birchell

    Birchell Gigas Clam

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    those are some cool looking fish!! great wright up!!
     
  5. MDeth

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    Hehe, thanks :)

    Hes my FAVORITE fish....also my first :p
     
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  6. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Very nice write up indeed! Karma your way Mdeth. 8)

    Can you elaborate on how you feed it?
    I used to use a turkey baster to target feed fish like this.
     
  7. MDeth

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    Well, for pellets, I just put them a bit underwater and let em sink. He goes NUTS on them!

    For mysis etc, I use a baster and put it in or on the sand in front of his favorite hidey-hole.

    Still havent seen my pistol since introduced, but I heard him every night! So far all 6 of my sexy shrimp havent had any bad encounters with the big bad pistol.
     
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  9. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Good to know.
    Thanks again for the great write up.
     
  10. cuttingras

    cuttingras Starving Artist :)

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    Really good write up. Lots of good info there!
     
  11. Kentanner11

    Kentanner11 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Good info. I was thinking about getting one but now I am definately! Hey can you house more than 1?
     
  12. MDeth

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    Sorry for the late-ish response. You could try 2, but definately watch them in a tank where you can see aggression.

    I tried 2 because they moved into the same container at the LFS and they fought. It's possible mine were a pair, but one's dorsal fin got nipped and that was that :)

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