Pistol Shrimp & Symbiotic Gobys

Photos of Reef Shrimp

Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

Harlequin Shrimp

Hinge Beak Shrimp

Peppermint Shrimp

Peppermint Shrimp

5 Spot Anemone Shrimp

Imperator Shrimp

Gold Coral Banded Shrimp

Anemone Shrimp

Saron Shrimp

Fire Shrimp (soon to molt)

Candy Stripe Shrimp

Tiger Pistol Shrimp

Pistol Shrimp and Symbiotic Gobys

All Pistol Shrimp have one (or sometimes two) oversize claw that creates a cavitation bubble as it snaps shut. This bubble, very briefly reaches temperatures approaching that of the sun, about 4700 degrees Celsius. A loud “popping” noise results as well as a shock wave used to stun prey or ward off predators.

Try to put the pistol shrimp in a location of your choice first. Let it be until it digs a burrow. Then release the goby right outside the burrows entrance. The goby should make a mad dash for the burrow and pair up.

This is commonly seen in pistol shrimp belonging to the genus Alpheus such as Tiger, Candy Stripe and Michael’s pistil shrimp. We have these and many compatible gobys listed below, sometimes in stock, and by email request.

 

 

Tiger Pistol Shrimp

Michaels Pistol Shrimp

Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp

Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp

Pistol Shrimp Symbionts
Here are some gobys that will pair up with the genus Alpheus pistol shrimp.

 

Yasha Goby
Diamond Watchman Goby
Yellow Watchman Goby
Hi-Fin Red Banded Goby

Dracula Goby
Diagonal Bar Prawn Goby
Orange Spotted Goby
Pink Spotted Watchman Goby

Randall’s Shrimp Goby
Tiger Watchman Goby
Wheeler’s Watchman Goby
Pinkbar Goby

They really do pair up. This page shows only the reliable information I’ve found so far. If you have a pair please email a photo and what they are and I’ll include it here.

Yasa Hashe Goby and Candy Stripe Pistol

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