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    Goby and Pistol Shrimp paired up fast!

    I have a Watchman Goby in my tank...been there for months. Finally got around to putting in a Pistol Shrimp tongiht.
    They're already paired up....don't think it was even an hour.
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    that is very cool!! I gotta get a watchman goby.
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    Wait a minute...When you say paired up what do you mean?Dont laugh at me But do you mean as paired up like friends and working together or like breeding paired up???
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    Paired up as friends/working partners. The shrimp likes to dig holes in the sand, the goby stands guard. I'm sure there's more to the symbiotic relationship then that, but that's all I've got. A pair is very neat to watch. If you can't find the shrimp, look for the goby. They're always together.

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    That's exactly what I meant by 'paired up'.
    Just checked on them, and the shrimp is happily churning up the sand bed and the goby watching out.
    The tank looks a little cloudy today....that shrimp has been busy.
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    They will actually feed each other too.

    One of the reasons the shrimp churns the sand bed is looking for food. It builds really elaborate tunnels. In my 29 gal tank, there were tunnels under and around all the rockwork. There was a little passage along the back of the thank.

    The Goby will get food out of the water column (and through sand sifting) and the shrimp will get food off the sandbed and out of the sand bed. When one has food, the other eats too.

    Pretty cool relationship.
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    pwall, these guys are about to become the most intersting things in your tank. I've had a blue spotted yellow goby and tiger pistol shimp in my tank for well over two years, and they are still my favorites to this day. They will have tunnells all over your tank in no time.

    Here is a bit of a tip. Go the grocery store, and buy three live oysters. Eat the oysters if you wish, but take the shells, and place them in a pile around the main tunnell opening. The shrimp will use them as retaining walls and build a sturdy structure around the opening to the tunnell.

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    Cool....that I gotta try.
    Perhaps I'll name the shrimp Bob...for Bob the Builder (can you tell I have kids....).
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    Yeah, my sand bed has lots of broken shells bits, etc. The shrimp is a marvel of stick-to-it engineering. They will try to put something in place 10 or 20 times until it stays. Then they will bury it in sand to make sure it stays.
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    How about Muck (or Scoop)?

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