This alert little fish is a great addition to a reef setup. The Pink-Spotted Shrimp Goby or Pink-and-Blue-Spotted Goby are very easy to keep!
The Pink-Spotted Shrimp Goby or Pink-and-Blue-Spotted Goby has a very beautiful coloration of light pink or white with pink spots outlined with light blue. Starting at the dorsal fin there are darker pinkish stripes running vertically towards the tail.
In the ocean, these gobies form a symbiotic relationship with different shrimps and prawns, and so are often scooped up together when being collected!
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Pink Spotted "Luther" Goby / Tiger Pistol Shrimp PAIR Pink-Speckled Shrimpgoby (Cryptocentrus leptocephalus)
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Pink-Speckled Shrimpgoby and Tiger Pistol Shrimp in captivity
This lengthy video is perfect, because it shows the Pink-Speckled Shrimpgoby (Cryptocentrus leptocephalus), and the Alpheus shrimp (Tiger Pistol Shrimp) doing what they do best. At one point the shrimp hides as the goby checks out a clown fish that is getting to close. Not until the goby returns does the shrimp come back out and start to excavate again! They can be housed as a pair in a tank as small as 20 gallons, however if other fish are wanted, then 40 gallons would be needed. Adding two species from this genus, Cryptocentrus, can be done in a tank that is at least 4' long, with lots of hiding places and if both are the same size and added at the same time. Since these gobies are seen alone in the wild, and not paired up as males and females, it may be best not to attempt this in captivity unless the tank is very large. These gobies only live a few years and grow to just under 5."
Pink Spotted Goby, Pink-Speckled Shrimpgoby (Cryptocentrus leptocephalus)
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Pink-Speckled Shrimpgoby eating a small hermit crab!
This video shows what kinds of tankmates will become dinner for your Pink Speckled Shrimpgoby! Small hermit crabs and small shrimp like sexy shrimp are in danger. These fish grow to 4.7" and do great in a semi-aggressive tank. Aggressive fish are too much for them. If housing with an Alpheus sp. shrimp, try the Tiger Shrimp and make sure there aren't any other fish or creatures that will harm this blind shrimp! Had to laugh thinking about what that big hermit crab at 1:42 was thinking.... "little bobbie, where are you?" as little Bobbie hangs out of the goby's mouth!