Randall's Goby (Amblyeleotris randalli)


Max Size: 4 1/2 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

The Randall's Shrimp Goby, also known as the Orange Stripe Prawn Goby, was first documented in the Western Pacific in 1978 by Hoese and Steene. Its body is predominantly white with striking orange stripes, including one running over its eyes and encircling its entire head. A distinctive feature of the male is the fan-like dorsal fin, which displays a dramatic eyespot.

To ensure the well-being of this captivating fish, a 10-gallon or larger aquarium is suitable. Generally peaceful, the Randall's Shrimp Goby may occasionally quarrel with conspecifics if kept together or if the tank size is too confined. It is common for this goby to initially refrain from eating for several days after being introduced to the aquarium, but it will typically acclimate and start feeding. Interestingly, the Randall's Shrimp Goby does not show aggression towards other shrimp gobies and may even share a burrow with a different species.

In a well-maintained aquarium, the Randall's Shrimp Goby may successfully spawn. Additionally, it has the potential to form a symbiotic relationship with pistol shrimp.

To maintain its health, the diet of the Randall's Shrimp Goby should include a variety of foods, such as mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and chopped table shrimp. Feeding it at least twice a day will support its nutritional needs.