Category: Salt Water
Facts about the Orange Stripe Prawn Goby, it is a bright white and orange goby frequently kept in aquariums.
All in a Name
The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby, orange stripe prawn or Randall’s Goby has the scientific name Amblyeleotris randalli.
The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby fish has a pale white body with several vertical orange stripes. The first stripe passes through its eye. Unlike the orange spotted goby, there are no color markers to make the orange stripes stand out. What does stand out about the Orange Stripe Prawn Goby fish are the brilliant gold, green, white, and black fins on its back. The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby also has faint white dots on the white parts of its body. Its front fins, anal fins, and tail fins are translucent. The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby have seven dorsal spines, twelve dorsal soft rays, one anal spine and twelve anal soft rays. Males have a large dramatic eye spot on the dorsal fin.
The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby fish grows up to three and a half inches or nine centimeters. A few specimens reach four and a half inches in length. It has a long narrow body. It has a large mouth and prominent eyes.
The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby is a benthic fish. This bottom dwelling goby needs sand in which to burrow.
The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby species is carnivorous. It eats small crustaceans and smaller fish. It is reef compatible. The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby fish thrives in a fish only tank. It can get along with most other shrimp goby species.
When first added to an aquarium, the Orange Stripe Prawn Goby species may not eat for several days. It will start eating after it is acclimated. Give the fish plenty of space and hiding places and introduce those you want to live together into the tank at the same time to minimize problems.
Several species of gobies, including this one, have formed symbiotic relationships with shrimp species. For example, the Orange Spotted Shrimp Goby pairs up with alphaeus shrimp. The Orange Stripe Prawn forms a symbiotic relationship with pistol shrimp.
The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby enjoy being in a tank with pistol species of shrimps, but this is not necessary for their survival or even reproduction. If you have pistol species of shrimps paired off with Orange spotted shrimp gobies, they don’t need extra space; the shrimp may share the burrow with the fish. Many aquarium owners add the shrimp to increase the entertainment value of the creatures through their interaction. The shrimp builds a barrier of sand in front of the goby’s burrow. There are occasions where the Orange Stripe Prawn shares a burrow with other gobies.
The species is reef safe and coral safe, but it may eat ornamental shrimp. It should be fed mysis shrimp, brine shrimp or chopped table shrimp. They may eat commercially prepared frozen foods, pellets or flakes. The Orange Stripe Prawn needs to be fed twice a day.
This fish may jump out of water if startled, so keep a lid on the aquarium.
The ideal water temperature for the Orange Stripe Prawn Goby species is between 72F and 78F.
These small fish can be kept in a ten gallon tank if there is only one of them.
The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby fish lives in the Indo-Pacific.
This species was discovered by Hoese and Steene in 1978.