Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 11-08-2009, 03:24 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
max_b's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Brighton, uk
Posts: 3
Pistol shrimp help?!

i've had my tank set up for a few months and i was looking at getting some new additions, at current i have 2 hermits, a cleaner shrimp, a purple fire fish and a perc clown.

i saw the pistol shrimp and didn't know much about them, but thought he looked kinda cool. the guy in the store said there shouldn't be any issues, but after some researching now i starting to find that he could hunt my crabs and and cleaner?

im notcing he is 'shooting' alot more now then he was and noticed my larger hermits shell has slightly cracked, but i havent seen him go for him

what do you think?

max_b is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 07:46 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 787
I've got one in my tank and I've never seen him "shoot" a shrimp, snail, or hermit. Sure, he goes off sometimes, but always when he's inside his hole. Probably moving more sand.

If you can research the type of pistol you can find out the appropriate shrimp goby, get one, and hope that they pair up. It's pretty cool to watch.

I've got a yellow watchman goby that paired up with my tiger pistol. It's kind of funny because the tiger pistol is actually bigger than the goby.

Jaybird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 08:00 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
austinsdad's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
He won't be a problem to your shrimp or crabs. I've even had crabs slide down into the pistol's hole and seen him push them right back out - now of course unless he's in his building mode and wants to wedge the crab somewhere in there for a wall. I could happen I think, but you should be alright.

One thing you wanna be sure of is that your LR is touching the bottom of the tank glass. If not, as he tunnels he will cause rocks to drop of course, either hurting himself or starting an avalance of stacked rocks.

What is "shooting" by the way?

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2009, 10:10 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 787
That's why I always recommend that people put their live rock in first and then put in their sand. If the live rock is already sitting on the tank bottom you don't have to later worry about burrowing shrimp or gobies.
Jaybird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2009, 11:13 AM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
roka64's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,858
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
I agree, he hill be fine. The pop you hear is when someone ventures too close to his burrow...it's a warning "shot"...
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Acronym List

roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote

pistol, pistol shrimp, rim, shrimp

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tangaroai Shrimp Goby w\ Free Pistol Shrimp Tank2379 New Acquisitions 5 12-30-2008 07:15 PM
blood shrimp with pistol shrimp? Justin_Toronto Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 5 12-16-2008 09:37 AM
Does a pistol shrimp mess with cleaner shrimp ChrisB Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 09-16-2004 08:35 AM
pistol shrimp and unidentifed shrimp..would you add? quarryshark Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 17 07-29-2004 11:17 AM
Monkey shrimp and pistol shrimp reef safe? jamal-188 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 12 11-16-2003 06:02 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:01 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.