Can you have goby/shrimp pair and narcissus snails?

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Sorry - last question for today!   I want to look at a goby/shrimp pair today but I have 3 narcissus snails - it is great fun watching them come up from the sand bed at feeding time but will they not just destroy the goby/shrimp's burrow?

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*sigh* my stupid internet connection- second try haha


I'd say they'd be fine together, they defend any burrow with vigour!
The issue may be is your sand bed suitable for them. Not sure of the exact required depth but seeing these guys a lot in the wild i'd say you'd need at least a DSB 3in deep or more with various grain sizes to see their natural behaviour. The shrimp makes the burrow, the goby defends it.

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You'd be ok with a goby/shrimp pair with a shallow sand bed, so long as the goby eat prepared foods.  Check the goby will eat frozen and you should be fine.  There are a number of gobies that sift the sandbed, and can be tricky to get onto frozen/flake/pellet, so avoid one of those.

Sand beds really should be either 2" or less (really just for aethetics), or 4-6" to act as a deep sand bed.  If you go for the dsb, you also need to avoid any creatures that will eat the critters in the sand (most gobies, sand sifting starfish, some snails, etc.).  In between 2"-4" you risk getting pockets of hydrogen sulphide which can crash a tank.  It's a whole other conversation if you want to go down the dsb route.
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Reply #3

yes my sand bed is about 2" - maybe slightly more.  I have just bought a Yellow Pistol Shrimp and Red banded goby pair :)

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yes my sand bed is about 2" - maybe slightly more.  I have just bought a Yellow Pistol Shrimp and Red banded goby pair :)

The pistol shrimps are very entertaining to watch and are relentless grafters, constantly excavating and remodelling their burrows.

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Reply #5

I am just acclimatising them now but will they just find each other when I put them in the tank?

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I am just acclimatising them now but will they just find each other when I put them in the tank?

You could try placing them in the same area but they will find each other eventually anyway.

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Reply #7

They are in and have found each other - made a nice burrow at the base of my rock at the front of the tank :)

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Reply #8

Looking forward to the pics!

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 :grin:

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Reply #10

Try again!  :grin:

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I'm going to get a shrimp/goby pair too, keep getting told they need a mature tank so will wait a while, but they do look awesome. I love gobies full stop though. Recently added a red leg hermit,  4 nass snails and a cleaner shrimp to my tank.....Oh yeah and removed 3 bloody nudibranch too, arrgh!!

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Reply #12

Haven't had anything bad yet - just a tiny bit of apitasia - got a peppermint shrimp and he has already taken care of that!  The goby/shrimp pair are amazing to watch - I am not going to get anything else done!  However, I now have quite a lot of sand mounds - they seem to be burrowing all over the tank at the moment!  :grin:  It is an anemone I really really want but have got to be patient for a few months yet until tank more established.

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Can I ask how much the shrimp/goby pair cost please? A shop in Stockport sell various shrimp/goby pairs bit are like £95  :scared:

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Reply #14

Not that I condone buying fish online, but here's an idea of how much prices can vary, depending on the type of goby/shrimp.
https://charterhouse-aquatics.com/shop/livestock/fish/symbiotic-pairs
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