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Zebra pistol shrimp hitchhiker question

Discussion in 'Inverts and other Marine Animals' started by Slava, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. Slava

    Slava Copepod

    I found a zebra pistol in my favia calony. Should I keep him ? Or should i please him in my sump ? [​IMG]

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  2. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    I vote sump
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  3. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'd trade him into the fish store or sump him. See below if you are thinking about a pistol shrimp / goby combo...fyi they are my favorite and the reason I got into the hobby.

    Assuming you want to keep things on your sand bed the only pistol shrimp I'd trust are the Alpheus randalli (candy cane / red stripped). They stay nice and small and don't really tear things up, at least not from my experience.
    They get to around 2" and you usually pair them with something like a yasha or red banded goby that max out around 2.5".

    If you don't plan on keeping things on the sand bed and your rock is nice and stable, then the other one I trust is the Alpheus bellulus (tiger pistol shrimp). The get a lot bigger and definitely can move some dirt around, you really can't keep anything on your sand bed with one of these guys. They get around 3" in size and you usually pair them with something like Amblyeleotris randalli (orange stripped prawn goby) which can get to 4".

    So after that is all said and done, the Tiger pistol shrimp is my favorite...(I currently have a red stripped/ rays combo) The smaller species just seems more skittish, I rarely get to sit and watch them working...
    The tiger, I would get to sit and watch for long periods of time...it was always out and about. I don't know if that was because of his partner fish was braver or it didn't care because it was big. I guess every tank's luck will be different...no 2 fish/shrimp are the same.
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  4. Slava

    Slava Copepod

    Okay. I just googled little more. This zibras do not pair up with watchmen goby. I found a write up about this pistol shrimp on one of the reef forums. One guy tried to pair him with bunch of different gobys. Shrimp killed them all.

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  5. Slava

    Slava Copepod

    So. Sump it is.

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