Yellow Watchman Shrimpgoby

Yellow Watchman Shrimpgoby

Cryptocentrus cinctus


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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Carnviore
Reef Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Max Size: 4 inches
The Yellow Watchman Shrimpgoby, Cryptocentrus cinctus, also known as the Yellow Watchman, Yellow Watchman Prawn, or the Yellow Shrimp Goby is one of the most popular aquarium fish in the trade. They are famous for their bright yellow bodies and bright blue spots all over their heads, fins, and body. They are known to form a symbiotic relationship with shrimps to secure their burrows. The Yellow Watchman thrives in tanks with plenty of live rock, a sandy substrate, and a tightly sealed lid to prevent escapes. Only one should be kept in each aquarium unless it is in a very large tank as they can become territorial. The Yellow Watchman will feed on a varied carnivorous diet and are known to be able to spawn in home aquariums. Males and females differ slightly as the females have a more muted yellow coloration. The Yellow Watchman also has a wonderful "frown" on its face making it seem constantly grumpy. Overall, this is one of the best all-around fish you can have in your tank. It is easy to care for, hardy, fun to watch, beautiful, and a wonderful tank mate. 

I got a two of them and they acclimated and ate well. After a few days the pair are now inseparable. I recommend a pistol shrimp like a tiger or randalli to provide better caves for the watchman. Great to watch them guard the cave while the shrimp make the cave bigger.


Reviewed by: Albert V on June 27, 2018

I love the fish he/she is cheap and lovable looking


Reviewed by: Julius on May 1, 2018

My mom surprised me when she bought my yellow goby (jack). He came in pristine conditions and fit right into my 20 gallon tank. He pared up with my pistol shrimp very well and are living happily in a burrow together. Thank you to my mom and this website for such a great goby. This is also an entry for coralfish12g because the two Wyoming whites would also be a great addition to my 20 gallon reef tank. thank you : )


Reviewed by: Tommy Holczynski on July 10, 2017

Very pleased with my shrimpgoby. He is an awesome addition to my tank. He arrived very healthy and shipping was prompt. Thanks.


Reviewed by: Sara on May 6, 2015

Acclimated easily - arrived a good size so was not overwhelmed by the other creatures in my tank - definitely a good addition!


Reviewed by: Laurie Bessette on April 9, 2015

Happy addition to our tank. He is very active and is like a dart when it comes to eating. He's fun to watch and has taken to resting/sleep vertically with his head facing down.


Reviewed by: Salvatore Cugno on Feb. 20, 2015


Reviewed by: Emily on Oct. 26, 2014

Currently Yellow Watchman Shrimpgoby does not have any questions and answers.

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