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Orange Spotted Shrimp Goby

posted: 05/15/12
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Orange Spotted Shrimp Goby
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The Orange Spotted Shrimp Goby, also known as the Spotted Prawn Goby or Orange Spotted Goby, was first discovered in the Western Pacific in 1938 by Flower. Its body is white with orange spots outlined in brown. It has the ability to form symbiotic partnerships with nearly blind alpheid shrimp. It provides a watchful eye while the shrimp digs a burrow for them to share.

It is best suited for aquariums that are 30 gallons or larger which have adequate hiding places along with ample swimming space. The aquarium should have a tight-fitting lid to prevent it from jumping out. The Orange Spotted Shrimp Goby adapts well to reef aquariums, although it does pose a possible threat to small, delicate ornamental shrimp. It prefers a bed of fine sand and loose coral rubble to sift through.

It is possible for the Orange Spotted Shrimp Goby to spawn successfully while in the aquarium.

Its diet should consist of a variety of fresh or frozen mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and table shrimp. It should be fed at least twice per day

Fish Facts

Name: Orange Spotted Shrimp Goby (Amblyeleotris guttata)

Family: Gobiidae

Range: Western Pacific

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, sand plants, sand

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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