The Barbershop Shrimpgoby is commonly referred as the hi-fin red banded goby, and the yellow rose goby. It grows up to 2 inches and makes a good addition to a smaller tank. Its most distinctive feature is an elongated first ray on the forward dorsal fin that is almost half the length of the entire body. It is used to wedge the shrimpgoby into a burrow for safety from predators. The Barbershop Shrimpgoby is peace loving and is shy in nature, therefore it is absolutely safe to keep in your home tanks with other inhabitants. It has good jumping ability and is known to jump from pool to pool, so a covered tank is recommended. The Barbershop Shrimpgoby prefers a coral environment, lots of hiding places and a coral sand substrate for burrowing in. This species should be housed with passive fish only, and if kept with extremely active fish it will constantly hide. As a whole, the Barbershop Shrimpgoby attributes beauty, peaceful, harmless, and easy to maintain which in all makes it a valuable addition to your aquarium. The Barbershop Shrimpgoby is a carnivore, and eats zooplankton, finely chopped and other quality flake foods. It will not touch corals and are too small to eat most crustaceans, so they are reef safe. It is found that the Barbershop Shrimpgoby shares its burrow with other species of shrimp gobies along with pistol shrimps.
This fish will pair with most Pistol Shrimp.Beware of jumping when acclimating or transporting!!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.