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Shrimpgoby - Pink & Blue
Cryptocentrus leptocephalus
Shrimpgoby - Pink & Blue
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Size: 2-4 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Moderate
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Pellet
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
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The Pink & Blue Shrimpgoby is a beautiful addition to any reef tank and since it is easy to care for, it makes a very good choice for beginner aquarists. It should not be kept in a tank less than 30 gallons. It is semi aggressive towards other fishes, and is territorial unless it is given a large well established tank with cleverly decorated space. The Pink & Blue Shrimpgoby is not compatible with triggers and should never be kept with aggressive species. It does well in reef aquarium but may not be considered 100% reef safe, since it tends to eat some small ornamental shrimps unless properly fed. The Pink & Blue Shrimpgoby can be fed at least twice per day with meaty food such as live brine shrimp, mysis, finely chopped fish or shrimp flesh and various other frozen carnivore foods. It generally rests on the bottom of the tank, with its head protruding from burrow or cave and only swims into the water column to feed on floating food particles. The Pink & Blue Shrimpgoby thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, and a pH of 8.-8.4. The aquarium should be well established with many hiding spots like live rocks, caves, loose coral rubble, etc., ample space to swim, and a thick sand bed for burrowing. The Pink & Blue Shrimpgoby is a very good jumper and therefore keeping it in a covered aquarium is advised to avoid unnecessary accidents. The Pink & Blue Shrimpgoby often forms symbiotic relationship with shrimps that dig a cave while the goby keeps an eye out for predators and warns the shrimp if one approaches. The Pink & Blue Shrimpgoby communicates mainly using its antennae, and lives together in the cave happily. To establish this relationship in the tank, you simply need to introduce both of them in a well decorated tank with lots of rock work. Adding several shrimps to the aquarium increases the chance of pairing this fish up with one of them.
Fairly good fish
Got him much bigger than I expected, he was active and in great shape. Seems grumpy all the time, but he is a nice guy. Stays hidden most of the day, can sometimes catch him in the evening or morning. I worry that he doesnt get enough to eat, but he is still healthy. As far as I know, didnt seem to care about the pistol shrimp I dropped in, but then again I rarely see either of them, so who knows!
Reviewed by:  Sasha Sioni from Chicago. on 1/29/2013
These beautiful Gobies are a light brown with 6 to 7 light brown bars. Purple markings and gold spots covers its head and dorsal fin. These fish like to burrow and enjoy the company of a Pistol Shrimp.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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