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Old 11-24-2005, 05:16 PM   #1
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looking for advice on compatibility for gobies and shrimps..

well, my sand is getting pretty dirty in my 38 gal tank, so i was planning on getting a sand sifter goby. what i had in mind is getting a Pistol shrimp with a twin spot or diamond goby. and then i wanted to add a cleaner, like a neon goby OR a cleaner shrimp.

will any of these not get along with the other?
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Old 11-24-2005, 05:50 PM   #2
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and do i need to feed these cleaner fish/shrimp seperatley or can they survive off the sand/algae/cleaning other fish?
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Old 11-24-2005, 07:05 PM   #3
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I will answer from the last quest =)
yes they will get along if u are going to have cleaner shrimp , neon goby and the pair of shirmp and goby.
for all of them u just feed ur fish normaly, neon goby and cleaner shrimp are quite funny when they search for food, when u throw food in the tank, both them rush to the food and grab on something then run back to a safe spot.I won't belive u will have a problem feeding them.both are quite hardy and easy to keep.
for sand shifting goby i will not suggest twin spot since they need a well established tank and with a populated refugium to have success to keep them long terms. I would go for a diamond goby which does amazing job on sand shifting.
As for the pistol shrimp I wouldn't really bother, they do dig holes but usually they stay at one spot when they took that as a home unless u destory it on purpose.
People keep them with goby just amazed by the way they match up, not the way they work with each other to clean sand.
The only thing i am concern with the diamond goby is that it can get quite big, 38g tank might be a bit small for it but that fish is also easy to keep. =)
Hope this help,might have some info incorrect willing to hear other correct me =)
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I have two different gobies that do a good job at sifting. A dragon and pink spotted goby. I also have a blood shrimp that gets along fine with them.
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not sure about the dragon goby, but pink spotted probly not exactly the same kinda goby he is looking for, cuz pink spotted isn't sand shifting goby
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Thanks for telling me that so I can go tell mine you`re not supposed to do that.
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Old 11-25-2005, 05:44 PM   #7
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thank you for that info guys. it really helps me out.

now my plans are to get a small diamond goby, and either a cleaner shrimp or a neon goby. i'm also going to add some blue tangs today.

they will join my 1 mys clown, 1 blue tang, 5 crabs, 7 snails. you guys think my clown will feel lonely if i have 5 blue tangs swimming around?
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Blue tangs in a 38gal? 5 of em? Maybe I'm missing something but I think you'll need a much bigger tank for blue tangs...
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how bout 2 blue tangs?
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There isn't a tang out there that's gonna be happy in a 38g tank, let alone more than one. I'd skip the tangs. The maroon clown, a sand sifting goby and a neon goby, really doesn't leave you much room. Maybe another one or two small fish. Or maybe a dwarf angel as your larger centerpiece fish. As hard a choice as it may be, you really need to think about returning the blue tang. As for your questions, I don't see a problem with the gobies and shrimps together.
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