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Old 10-13-2003, 12:10 AM   #1
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pairing my goby/shrimp

ok well i finally got my shrimp and my goby a couple weeks ago and i really like them both. they are in a 10 gallon with a 20 gallon sump. now the goby is a whiteray shrimp goby and the shrimp is a pistol shrimp. i bought them so they would pair up and it would be kind of neat. however after about 2 weeks nothing. so i tried to pull out all the rocks and let the two gather together in a corner and hoped they would become friends. well when i put the rocks back in the tank they immediatly took to the same gave and wouldn't come out for like a day. now they are back on seperate sides of the tank and niether one will come out if i'm in the room. does anyone have any suggestions for getting them to pair up?
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Old 10-14-2003, 01:21 AM   #2
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Any luck so far...?
They make a team yet?
I am anxious to find out !
I was thinking on a yellow watchman and a shrimp....
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Old 10-14-2003, 01:33 AM   #3
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nope nothing yet
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I have an orange banded prawn goby and a tiger pistol shrimp. They have been inseparable, starting immediately after being introduced. Give it time, and if nothing happens you may have to "trade in" 1 of the 2. Good luck, they are quite interesting to watch when they're together.
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Old 10-14-2003, 03:11 AM   #5
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what do they do when they pair up?
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Old 10-14-2003, 03:38 AM   #6
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It's symbiosis. If my memory from Discovery channe serves me right, the pistol shrimp provides the goby with food while the goby is the pistol shrimp's "eyes" and watches for danger (since the shrimp has poor eyesight).

I want to do this in my future 80 gal tank with a watchman goby and a pistol shrimp. Will this work if I have three firefish gobies in the tank or is there a chance the shrimp will become buddies with one of the firefish?
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Old 10-14-2003, 05:44 AM   #7
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the pistol shrimp digs caves under the LR, stretching 15 inches plus , (I have a 29 gallon ) which the goby shares. In return the goby protects the shrimp from other fish, and shares the tunnels w/ the shrimp for it's own protection. There relationship is one of total devotion. the shrimp at all times has an escape stategy, and always keeps one antennae in the goby for any sign of a warning from the goby. Quiet amazing to watch
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on the goby not in...sorry my mind wodered
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Old 10-14-2003, 12:34 PM   #9
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Would a "predator" help them out? Perhaps something that they might perceive as dange would jump start the relationship.
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Old 10-14-2003, 01:02 PM   #10
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does it only work with pistol shrimp? or other shrimp too?
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