Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Orange Striped Prawn Goby, also known as the Randall’s Goby, has a wide distribution across the Indo-West Pacific Ocean. A smaller fish with unparalleled personality to match, the Orange striped prawn goby has a pearly-white body with several wide, orange bands across its body, and a very large dorsal fin with a black dot in the center. This goby can form a symbiotic relationship with pistol shrimp, typically Tiger (Alpheus bellulus) or Candy (Alpheus randalli), in which the shrimp maintains the burrow they live in and the goby alerts the nearly blind shrimp of potential threats. An Orange striped prawn goby can reach an adult size of approximately 4″.
Diet Requirements: The Orange striped 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. An Orange striped prawn goby may accept high quality flake and micro-pellet foods.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 15 gallon aquarium is ideal to house an Orange striped 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 Orange striped prawn goby from jumping out of the aquarium by accident. Spending most of its time on the bottom of the aquarium, the Orange striped prawn goby will appreciate some rock work to build a small burrow under where it will peak out of through the day. Do not house an Orange striped 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. We would not recommend having more than one Orange striped prawn goby per aquarium, however. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1” to 2”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.