Redbanded Shrimp Goby

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Amblyeleotris fasciata - (Herre, 1953)
Redbanded Shrimp Goby

Lives in a burrow with a commensal snapping shrimp, which should be acquired with the fish, as a pair. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is one of many gobies that forms a partnership with a snapping shrimp—a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship that can be amazing to watch in the home aquarium.

Family: Gobiidae

Other common name(s):

  • Redbanded Shrimp Goby

Native range:

Habitat: Reef-sand interface, with a deep sand bed. It will usually reside in a burrow that its partner shrimp digs under rocks. If a shrimp is not present, it will hide in rock crevices near the tank bottom.

Maximum length: 7.9 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Feed meaty foods at least once a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

The Redbanded Shrimp Goby will live in a burrow with a snapping shrimp (try to obtain the Tiger Snapping Shrimp, Alpheus bellulus). It serves as a lookout and hunter for the shrimp, which provides them both with a protective burrow. It will jump out of an open aquarium when harassed or if it cannot find a suitable hiding place.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Demersal (on or near the bottom) spawners that tend and protect their broods.

[edit] Notes

This fish usually ignores its tankmates. Other small, benthic fish may be greeted with an open-mouth display if they try to invade its home, but otherwise, it is typically indifferent. It may quarrel with other shrimp gobies if hiding places are in short supply. It may be bullied by larger, more aggressive species (especially those that hang out on or near the aquarium bottom). Keep only one in a smaller tank (unless you can acquire a pair) or if you have a tank of 55 gallons or larger. It will not bother invertebrate tankmates.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Redbanded Shrimp GobyRDF feed
Common name Redbanded Shrimp Goby  +
Family Gobiidae  +
Genus Amblyeleotris  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +, Christmas Island  +, Samoa  +, Indian Ocean  +, Ryukyu Islands  +, and Great Barrier Reef  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name fasciata  +
Swimming level Bottom.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +