Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Magnus Prawn Goby is found in sandy coastal areas of the western Indian Ocean. A peaceful goby with unparalleled personality to match, the Magnus prawn goby has white body with several wide, orange-brown bands across its body. This goby can form a symbiotic relationship with pistol shrimp, typically Candy (Alpheus randalli), in which the shrimp maintains the burrow they live in and the goby alerts the nearly blind shrimp of potential threats. A Magnus prawn goby can reach an adult size of approximately 4″. Note: This species is rarely available, and a lot of general information about it in the home aquarium is unknown though it seems very similar in temperament and care of similar Amblyeleotris gobies.
Diet Requirements: The Magnus prawn goby is primarily carnivorous, feeding on small organisms and zooplankton. A diet largely consisting of high quality, vitamin enriched frozen preparations is absolutely necessary to maintain optimal health, coloration, and immune function. Such foods can include, but are not limited to, brine shrimp, calanus, cyclopeeze and rotifers. We highly encourage soaking frozen foods in vitamin and fatty acid supplements. Multiple, small feedings per day rather than one large feeding will also create more of a natural environment for this goby as it would feed in the wild. A Magnus prawn goby may accept high quality flake and micro-pellet foods.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 30 gallon aquarium is ideal to house a Magnus prawn goby. A tight fitting lid is recommended because these gobies are known to be spooked easily until they settle in, and this prevents your Magnus prawn goby from jumping out of the aquarium by accident. Spending most of its time on the bottom of the aquarium, the Magnus prawn goby will appreciate some rock work to build a small burrow under where it will peak out of through the day. Because it has been observed in the wild with Candy Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus randalli), we recommend considering the same for in the home aquarium. This partnership, also known as a symbiotic relationship, may be important for the Magnus prawn goby to feel completely at home. Do not house a Magnus prawn goby with overly aggressive tank mates, or it will stay mostly hidden. Keep only one goby of this behavior-type per aquarium, unless it is very large to accomodate territories of more than one individual of different species. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2” to 2-1/4”; Medium: 2-1/2” to 3”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.