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The saltwater aquarium goby is quite hardy and easy to care for, and many are attractive and/or have very interesting behaviors. Gobies stay small in size, most never reaching 4 inches in length, but the family Gobiidae is the largest family of marine fish in the world, with over 2,000 known species. Most are great additions to smaller aquariums, but their diminutive size may make them less appealing to some hobbyists, as they can easily be "lost" in larger aquariums. All gobies live on or very near the bottom. So, you won't likely see one swimming around in the upper parts of your aquarium too often, unless their after some sort of food. The gobies small size can also mean an expensive snack if they are placed in an aquarium with larger predatory fish.

Page 2 Shrimp Gobies
Page 2 of our Gobies are the Shrimp Gobies. They are rather small in size, and they all live in close relationships with a number of pistol shrimps. Two different species of marine life help each other in a relationship that helps each other stay safe and alive. Gobies have great eyesight, while the shrimps have very poor eyesight, but shrimp are excellent diggers. In fact, the shrimps can build and maintain burrows in sandy bottoms that are big enough for themselves and for multiple gobies. So, the basis of the relationship is that the goby watches out for any potential predators that come too close to the burrow or the shrimp, and will warn the shrimp that trouble is near, while the shrimp makes and keeps their home perfect. Just to make it clear, Shrimp Gobies can be kept without their Pistol Shrimps.

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Aquarium Conditioned
Pink Spotted Shrimp Goby
Cryptocentrus leptocephalus

Picture of Pink Spotted Shrimp Goby

Description: The Pink Spotted Shrimp Goby is also known as the The Pink Spotted Watchman Goby or Singapore Shrimp Goby. Their base color is a pearly white with a multitude of pink speckles adorning their flanks and head with some specimens exhibiting a slight iridescent blue hue. Depending on their mood, they may also show some faint orange bands down their sides. This species makes a great community tank resident and are not picky when it comes to food. One of the most fascinating behaviors of watchman gobies is their unique ability to pair with specific species of pistol shrimp. The sightless shrimp will tirelessly dig an extensive burrow, which the Pink Spot Watchman Goby will share. In return, the goby will keep a watchful eye for predators and alert the shrimp of incoming dangers.

Tank Recommendations: The ideal aquarium should have plenty of room at the bottom and a sandbed of at least two inches in depth. It requires an aquarium of 10 gallons or larger in size. When startled or threatened, they have been known to jump out of uncovered aquariums. Always keep the tank covered and provide plenty of hiding places to retreat to.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 4"

Medium $22.99
Large $29.99

Aquarium Conditioned
Yellow Prawn Goby
Cryptocentrus cinctus

Picture of Yellow Prawn Goby
You Tube Video Yellow Prawn Goby and Pistol Shrimp

Description: The Yellow Prawn Goby also are called Yellow Watchman Goby, and sometimes the Yellow Shrimp Goby. The Yellow Prawn is one of the more popular Shrimp Gobies offered in the pet trade. With a Yellow/Orange head and body they have blue spots on their body and fins.They seem to be very resistant to most saltwater fish disease in the marine aquarium. They are found wild in many habitats between Singapore and Micronesia. Yellow Prawn Gobies form a mutual symbiotic relationship with some Pistol Shrimp. The name "Watchman" comes from their behavior in the wild, where they act as watchmen for the shrimp.


Tank Recommendations: The ideal aquarium should have plenty of room at the bottom and a sandbed of at least two inches in depth. It requires an aquarium of 10 gallons or larger in size. When startled or threatened, they have been known to jump out of uncovered aquariums. Always keep the tank covered and provide plenty of hiding places to retreat to.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 3"


Yellow Prawn Goby $19.99
Prawn Goby Paired w/Commensal Shrimp $44.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Flame Tail Goby
Cryptocentrus aurora

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Click to view You Tube Video Flame Tail Goby

Description: The Flametail Goby, also known as the Beautiful Prawn Goby or Aurora Goby. It is commonly referred to as the Shrimp Goby due to the close relationship that can form between it and various shrimp. It is a boldly colored shrimp goby from the waters off south Africa, in the Indian Ocean. Another beautiful fish not often seen at your local LFS due to availability.


Tank Recommendations: The ideal aquarium should have plenty of room at the bottom and a sandbed of at least two inches in depth. It requires an aquarium of 10 gallons or larger in size. When startled or threatened, they have been known to jump out of uncovered aquariums. Always keep the tank covered and provide plenty of hiding places to retreat to.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 3"



Flametail Goby $39.99
Flametail Goby w/Commensal Shrimp$64.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Yasha White Ray Goby
Stonogobiops yasha

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Description: One of the most spectacular members of the genus Stonogobiops is the Yasha White Ray Shrimp Goby, also called the Candy Stripe Goby or the White Ray Shrimp Goby. This beautiful fish has a long, white first dorsal spine. It also has bright or rusty orange longitudinal lines on the flanks that are broken into elongate spots on the head and opercula. This beautiful goby attains a maximum length of around 5 cm (2.0 inches). The Yasha whiteray shrimp goby can be found on sand or mixed sand rubble slopes, where it is most often found at depths in excess of 30 meters(98 ft.). It will hover in the water column near its hole, but will also spend a considerable amount of time resting on the bottom near the entrance of its burrow. The fact that it occurs at great depths makes this a tough aquarium fish to find.

Yasha White Ray Shrimp Gobies reach a maximum adult size of around 2 inches and can be kept in tanks as small as 10 gallons. Yasha White Ray Shrimp Gobies are strong jumpers and will jump out of the tank if spooked. For this reason it is important that you have a tight fitting hood with no holes large enough for the Yasha White Ray Shrimp Goby to jump through. Yasha White Ray Shrimp Gobies are very peaceful fish and will not bother other fish, coral or inverts in your tank. This makes them a great fish to add to reef tanks.

Tank Recommendations: Yasha White Ray Shrimp Gobies are well known to pair up with most pistol shrimp as well. This relationship can be very interesting to watch in your tank. Yasha White Ray Shrimp Gobies need to be housed in tanks with lots of live rock and sand as well. Yasha White Ray Shrimp Gobies will need to take shelter in the rock work if they feel threatened. Yasha White Ray Shrimp Gobies also really like to make burrows in the sand.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2-1/2"

Yasha Goby $59.99
Yasha Goby w/Commensal Shrimp$79.99

Aquarium Conditioned
Orange Spotted Goby
Amblyeleotris guttata

Picture of Orange Spotted Goby

Description: This is one of the most attractive shrimp-goby species. It requires an aquarium of 10 gallons or larger in size. The body is covered with bright orange spots, the pelvic fins are black and the chest of this little goby is maroon or dark brown. Orange-spotted Gobies require a sandy substrate to dig in and sift through. A peaceful fish, the Orange Spotted Goby, is found living in several reefs of the Indo Pacific region. This Goby is one of several Shrimp Gobies found in the oceans. If present, this fish will gladly share its sand bed burrow with a few different Pistol Shrimp. It will also build burrows in the absence of a Pistol Shrimp; helping to keep the sand bed well stirred.


Tank Recommendations: The ideal aquarium should have plenty of room at the bottom and a sandbed of at least two inches in depth. When startled or threatened, they have been known to jump out of uncovered aquariums. Always keep the tank covered and provide plenty of hiding places to retreat to.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"












$16.99




Aquarium Conditioned
Randall's Shrimp Goby
Amblyeleotris randalli

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Click to view You Tube Video Randall's Shrimp Goby

Description: The Randall's Shrimp Goby from the western pacific, is also known as Orange Stripe Prawn Goby. It is easy to care for and well suited for a life in aquariums; it is even common for this species to spawn in aquariums. The body is white with orange stripes, with one orange stripe over the eyes and around its entire head. The male may be identified by the fan-like dorsal fin that bares a dramatic eyespot. Randall's shrimp goby is suitable for beginners due to its hardy nature and how well it adapts to aquarium environments. It is also easy to feed and friendly towards most other fish. It may even share a burrow with another species. It can be kept with other small friendly fish but should never be kept with aggressive fish such as triggers and basses.

In the wild, Randall's live in a symbiotic relationship with shrimps. The fish will share the same burrow as one or several Alpheus shrimps (aka snapping shrimps). The shrimps are almost blind and need the goby to keep an eye out for predators. Randall's shrimp goby on the other hand needs a hiding place and benefits from living in the burrow excavated by the shrimp.

Tank Recommendations: The ideal aquarium should have plenty of room at the bottom and a sand bed of at least two inches in depth. It requires an aquarium of 10 gallons or larger in size. When startled or threatened, they have been known to jump out of uncovered aquariums. Always keep the tank covered and provide plenty of hiding places to retreat to.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium 1" to 2" Large 2" to 3"

Medium$38.99 Large $43.99
Randall's Goby w/Commensal Shrimp$64.99






Aquarium Conditioned
Hi-Fin Red Banded Goby
Stonogobiops nematodes

Picture of Hi-Fin Red Banded Goby
Click to view You Tube Video Hi-Fin Red Banded Goby

Description: The Hi-Fin Red Banded Goby is a small, beautiful, marine fish that only attains a maximum size of about 2 inches. It is also referred to as the High-Fin Prawn Goby, Black-Ray Prawn Goby, Yellownose Goby or the Candy Cane Goby. This fish is very docile and poses almost no threat to any other stock inhabiting a typical marine aquarium. This passiveness makes it a perfect tankmate for delicate species like sea horses or pipefish. The goby will spend most of its time hovering about two inches above its bolt hole, searching for scraps of food in the water column. If scared or startled, it will slowly retreat towards its hole. If the danger does not go away, it will dart inside at lightning speed.

In addition, in their natural environment they form a close relationship with certain pistol shrimp species. If as an aquarists you wish to mimic the natural environment as closely as possible, you also need to keep it with its pistol shrimp. The pistol shrimp lives in the same burrow with the goby and they help to protect each other.

Tank Recommendations: Hi-Fin Red Banded Gobies reach a maximum adult size of around 2 inches and can be kept in tanks as small as 10 gallons. Hi-Fin Red Banded Gobies are strong jumpers and will jump out of the tank if spooked. For this reason it is important that you have a tight fitting hood with no holes large enough for the Yasha White Ray Shrimp Goby to jump through. Yasha White Ray Shrimp Gobies are very peaceful fish and will not bother other fish, coral or inverts in your tank. This makes them a great fish to add to reef tanks.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Easy

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"









Hi-Fin Red Banded Goby $19.99
Hi-Fin Red Banded Goby w/Commensal Shrimp$44.99







Aquarium Conditioned
Dracula Goby
Stonogobiops dracula

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Click to view You Tube Video Dracula Goby

Description: The Dracula Goby is truly a beautiful specimen with its noticeable coloration; also known as the Dracula Shrimp Goby, colors of red striping wrap the bone colored body; the head is capsulated in a vibrant yellow hue, a clear symmetrical fin display projects outward to display it's dominates. Native to the relatively shallow reefs of the Maldives, the Dracula Goby is found surfing the sandy bottoms next to reef structures. The Dracula Goby can be housed in small to midsize aquariums with peaceful fish and other gobies, usually best if added to the aquarium simultaneously. The Dracula Goby makes shallow nesting areas in the sand and usually will stay close to those areas. This goby is very entertaining and those lucky enough to have it in their aquarium will thoroughly enjoy it's behavior. While poised outside its burrow, the Dracula Goby keeps a watchful eye for both predators and prey. If a larger or aggressive fish approaches, the Dracula Goby will dart back into its burrow to hide. If prey is found floating in the water column, however, Stonogobiops dracula will quickly burst upwards and snatch it before returning almost directly to the mouth of its burrow.

In addition, in their natural environment they form a close relationship with certain pistol shrimp species. If as an aquarists you wish to mimic the natural environment as closely as possible, you also need to keep it with its pistol shrimp. The pistol shrimp lives in the same burrow with the dracula goby and they help to protect each other. However, to best promote this symbiotic relationship, both the Dracula Goby and its shrimp counterpart should be introduced into the aquarium at the same time. Though peaceful, the Dracula Goby will sometimes spar with similar species, or more aggressive fish of similar size to defend its territory. However, most live peacefully with almost any non-predatory fish.

Tank Recommendations: The ideal aquarium should have plenty of room at the bottom and a sandbed of at least two inches in depth. When startled or threatened, they have been known to jump out of uncovered aquariums. Always keep the tank covered and provide plenty of hiding places to retreat to.

Food and diet: They continually feed off the bottom while sifting through the sand. They also need to be fed a balanced diet of frozen foods including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, black worms, and other prepared foods for carnivores. We suggest feeding twice a day.

Level of Care: Moderate

Acclimaton Time: 2+ hours

Reef Compatibility : Excellent

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"





Dracula Goby $149.99




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