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Shrimpgoby - Banded Watchman
Cryptocentrus sp.
Shrimpgoby - Banded Watchman
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Size: 1-2 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Live Brine, Pellet, Flake
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
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The Banded Watchman Shrimpgoby creates an extensive burrow system in the sand adjacent to coral reefs, therefore it is necessary that you add a thick sand bed in the aquarium to provide them a natural shelter. One of the most common shrimp-associated fish is the Banded Watchman Shrimpgoby. Often it pairs up with snapping shrimps to secure its burrow and the gobies signal when predators are near, since the shrimp has limited eyesight. The Banded Watchman Shrimpgoby looks lovely to watch while swimming around and taking mouthfuls of sand which is then filtered through their gills. It will readily acclimatize to the home aquarium, even if a shrimp is not provided. The Banded Watchman Shrimpgoby can be fed with foods including frozen preparations for marine carnivores, frozen fish eggs, frozen Cyclops and even flake food. Also, it can be target fed, if there is not enough to eat in the aquarium. The Banded Watchman Shrimpgoby is not overly aggressive towards tankmates, and larger banded shrimpgoby tend to be more aggressive toward other shrimp gobies than some of the other crustacean-associated gobies if bottom space is limited. It is a very good leaper and have the tendency to jump from pool to pool, so it is advisable to keep them in a covered tank. Only one should be kept in an aquarium, or in pair or else it is territorial in nature, and has the tendency to attack on other shrimp gobies.
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Fascinating to watch and easy to keep. They make tremendous additions to established reef tanks. These fish are also jumpers, so precautions should be taken to secure openings at the top of the aquarium. Only one should be kept per tank.Gobies compose one of the largest family of fish in the ocean. These small fish live around reefs or on sandy flats. Many of the Gobies are known for their burrowing behavior. These fish use burrows in the sand for safety. Some of the Goby species are known to share their burrows with Pistol Shrimp; behavior that can be duplicated in the home aquarium. Most Gobies have cupped ventral fins that nearly join just below their gill plates that serve as perching mechanisms so the Goby can always be on the lookout in a resting position. The Goby is a tremendous addition to the home aquarium.
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