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    Senior Member kjasjg's Avatar
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    watchman and pistol shrimp question

    I got a pistol shrimp a couple weeks ago and it sort of hid for a while I could not afford it at the time but I just got a yellow watchman goby and now they are never far from each other. The shrimp even comes out in the day without any fear - cool! The question I have is do these gobys filter feed? I have seen him grab a morcel of food that the other fish let slip by. (1 yellow wrasse and 2 Clowns - all open water feeders)

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    My understanding is that the goby's will also eat some of the food that the pistol shrimp finds.
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    i just got a Yellow watchman and hope to have him pair with my shrimp.
    problem is for the last day he's been hanging out at the top of the tank chasing his reflection around. is this usual behaviour for goby in a new location?
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    I have no idea what my Yellow Watchman was eating the first three months he was in the tank because I never saw him and assumed it was DOA. Now that the Pistol has its door on the front of the display I see them both everyday. The yellow grabs a few mouthfuls of flakes or whatever is on the menu but it does not seem like much. It must be working because it has almost doubled in size since I first got it 6 months ago.
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    Crazy.
    i donno where he is now. i was thinking about chasing him to the bottom of the tank. i donno what the heck he was doing around the top.
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    The yellow Goby that I got from "Nighty" when she was selling off her marine tank and fish joined up with my son's pistol shrimp within a few hours of being introduced to the tank.

    The goby is much older than the pistol shrimp and about three times the size. No problem for the pistol shrimp. Just needed to make all the tunnels larger and so moved a ton of substrate in the next 24 hours. Both now get along wonderfully.

    As far as food is concerned, the goby eats any flake, pelletted or frozen food that we care to give it. It is particularly fond of Wardley Shrimp Pellets which are gobbled down whole.

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    I rarely see my pistol shrimp, but i know he's there because in the middle of the night i can hear what sounds like someone smalling 2 drumsticks together.
    sometimes i see him for a few second when i haven't fed for a while or he'd hungry.
    i baught the goby with hopes it'll bring them out or make it noticible where they are in the tank.
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    Both the pistol shrimp and the goby will sift through the sandbed looking for food.

    If the sand isn't fine enough the goby won't take mouthfuls, but, will dig and peck away at the sand.

    They will also share food with each other. I have seen my Goby collect food and spit it out for the shrimp. I presume the reverse happens inside the cave.

    My goby will grab any food that floats by too. Mysis, Cyclopeze, flakes, etc.
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    I have course Cobble in this tank so it seems it will be up to the shrimp
    i can't wait to see them
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