Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Yellownose Prawn Goby has a wide distribution across the Indo-West Pacific Ocean. A small fish with unparalleled personality to match, the Yellownose prawn goby is pearly-white with four diagonal dark bands across its body and a yellow forehead. Not to be mistaken for the common Blackray or Hifin Goby (Stonogobiops nematodes), the Yellownose prawn goby is infrequently seen in the aquarium trade and does not have an elongated ray on its dorsal fin that the Blackray Goby possesses. This goby is typically found in association with a Tiger Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus bellulus), in which the shrimp maintains the burrow they live in and the goby alerts the nearly blind shrimp of potential threats. The Yellownose prawn goby can reach an adult size of approximately 2-1/2″.
Diet Requirements: The Yellownose 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 Yellownose prawn goby may accept high quality flake and micro-pellet foods.
Care Requirements: A minimum 15 to 20 gallon aquarium is ideal to house a Yellownose 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 Yellownose prawn goby from jumping out of the aquarium by accident. Spending most of its time on the bottom of the aquarium, the Yellownose prawn goby will appreciate some rock work to build a small burrow under where it will peak out of through the day. We highly recommend pairing this goby with its preferred shrimp partner, the Tiger Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus bellulus), but some have also been observed to pair up with a Candy Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus randalli) in the home aquarium. This partnership, also known as a symbiotic relationship, is important for the Yellownose prawn goby to feel completely at home. Do not house Yellownose prawn gobies with overly aggressive and pugnacious tank-mates. Yellownose prawn gobies make excellent reef inhabitants. Keep only one goby of this behavior-type per aquarium, unless it is very large to accomodate territories of more than one individual. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.