The Randalli Shrimpgoby is commonly referred to as the Randall's Goby, Randalli Goby, Randall Goby, Randall's Shrimp Goby, or Orange Stripe Prawn Goby. With its white body and orange stripes, it makes a stunning and gorgeous addition to your tank. The Randalli Shrimpgoby male may be identified by the fan-like dorsal fin that bears a dramatic eyespot. The Randalli Shrimpgoby grows up to a maximum of 4 inches, and thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. Being smaller in size, it is considered a good fish for a nano aquarium. The Randalli Shrimpgoby often shares its burrows symbiotically with Alpheus shrimps aka snapping and pistol shrimps and aids in digging out the Randalli Shrimpgoby an extensive burrow and in return the gobies alert the shrimp to retreat if any invader comes close to its proximity. It needs ample hiding places and rock work in the aquarium. The Randalli Shrimpgoby is easy to care and make a good choice for a beginner aquarist. It is hardy in nature, easy to feed, and makes a good community fish. It can be kept along with other small friendly fish but should never be housed with aggressive fish such as triggers and basses. The Randalli Shrimpgoby can be aggressive towards other similar bottom dwelling species. It will also defend its hiding place aggressively towards any fish that tries to enter it. It is best to keep one fish in a tank not less than 10 gallon, but if you wish to keep a group then we recommend a tank of at least 30 gallon. The Randalli Shrimpgoby gets very stressed if it isn't provided with enough hiding places. It prefers a deep bed of sand and gravel, loves to burrow under the sea bed and therefore a thick sand bed is required for it to thrive. The Randalli Shrimpgoby is very good at jumping and need to be kept in a closed lid tank. It can be kept and does well in reef aquariums but are not 100% reef safe as they might eat small ornamental shrimps and other small invertebrates. The Randall's Shrimp Goby is a carnivore and should be provided with a high protein diet in the aquarium. The diet should include shrimp pellets that are complemented with chopped sea food and frozen food. The Randalli Shrimpgoby should be fed at least twice a day for its continued good health.
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.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, mx#28.