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What is a Wide-barred Shrimp Goby?
The Wide-barred Shrimp Goby, scientific name Amblyeleotris randalli, is a small, peaceful fish native to the Indo-Pacific region. These fish are known for their striking appearance, with a bright yellow body and black vertical bars. They are also known for their symbiotic relationship with shrimp, which they often share their burrows with.
- Length: Up to 3 inches
- Color: Bright yellow with black vertical bars
- Body Shape: Elongated and slightly flattened
- Fins: Rounded and transparent
- Eyes: Large and black
- Peaceful and non-aggressive
- Forms symbiotic relationships with shrimp
- Burrows in the sand
- Active during the day
- Prefers to live in pairs or small groups
Care and Maintenance
Wide-barred Shrimp Gobies are relatively easy to care for, making them a good choice for beginner aquarists. They require a tank of at least 10 gallons, with a sandy substrate and plenty of hiding places. The water should be kept at a temperature between 72-78°F and a pH of 8.0-8.4.
- Eats a variety of foods, including live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and bloodworms
- Also eats prepared foods, such as flakes and pellets
- Feed once or twice a day
Wide-barred Shrimp Gobies are relatively easy to breed in captivity. To encourage breeding, provide the fish with a tank that is at least 20 gallons in size, with plenty of hiding places and a sandy substrate. The water should be kept at a temperature between 76-80°F and a pH of 8.0-8.4.
The female Wide-barred Shrimp Goby will lay her eggs in a burrow, and the male will guard the eggs until they hatch. The eggs will hatch in about 10-14 days, and the fry will be free-swimming. The fry can be fed live and frozen brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and rotifers.
Wide-barred Shrimp Gobies are susceptible to a number of common diseases, including:
- Fin rot
- Bacterial infections
- Fungal infections
To prevent disease, keep the tank clean and well-maintained. Avoid overcrowding the tank, and quarantine new fish before adding them to the tank.
The Wide-barred Shrimp Goby is a beautiful and interesting fish that is relatively easy to care for. With proper care and maintenance, these fish can thrive in captivity for many years.
- Q: What is the lifespan of a Wide-barred Shrimp Goby?
A: With proper care and maintenance, Wide-barred Shrimp Gobies can live for up to 5 years in captivity.
- Q: How many Wide-barred Shrimp Gobies can I keep in a 10-gallon tank?
A: You can keep a pair or a small group of Wide-barred Shrimp Gobies in a 10-gallon tank.
- Q: What are some good tank mates for Wide-barred Shrimp Gobies?
A: Good tank mates for Wide-barred Shrimp Gobies include other peaceful fish, such as clownfish, damselfish, and gobies.