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    Pairs and hosts

    There's nothing I've enjoyed watching in my tank as much as the relationship between my pair of clowns and their host rbta and I'd love to add more critters that will pair up and/or host something. What do you guys have/know of that show this type of behavior? Pics? Thanks a lot

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    I had a yellow clown goby that would perch on certain corals including a clam. He'd coral hop from one to the next. Not necessarily a symbiotic relationship, but cool to watch.

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    if you are looking that kind of relationship look into shrimp gobies and pistol shrimp pairs.

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    Those both sound cool to watch, ice done a little bit of research about the pistol shrimp and goby relationship, it sounds like something I should have in my tank. My only concern is if the pistol shrimp could coexist in my 90 gallon with my coral banded shrimp? Anybody have any experience there?

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    I have a candy cane pistol and Coral banded in my tank and no issues. Pistol shrimp burrow and live in tunnels and the goby will be its lookout. So you are all good to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by xxkenny90xx View Post
    Those both sound cool to watch, ice done a little bit of research about the pistol shrimp and goby relationship, it sounds like something I should have in my tank. My only concern is if the pistol shrimp could coexist in my 90 gallon with my coral banded shrimp? Anybody have any experience there?

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    Sounds good, what size tank do you keep them in?

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    Mine are in a 55, I also have a cleaner shrimp and peppermints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_reefer View Post
    Mine are in a 55, I also have a cleaner shrimp and peppermints.

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    Wow really? I've shied away from all other shrimps because I've heard my coral banded will kill them, I think it's time to try out a few

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    CB's are bullies and have been known to kill other shrimp, not saying it will not happen. But your pistol should be fine as they borrow and live under rocks. Try a cleaner just make sure its not a small one.

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    My coral banded killed two pairs of cleaner shrimp Not saying all will but watch out for them


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    there are other damsels that will pair with anemones... probably not a great option though.
    cleaner shrimp can be fun to watch (cleaning) if they are comfortable, and the fish are too.. i have a fire shrimp that my coral beauty loves to visit...
    a bit more advanced, but there are also crabs that will live in and protect their acros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spieszak View Post
    cleaner shrimp can be fun to watch (cleaning) if they are comfortable, and the fish are too.. i have a fire shrimp that my coral beauty loves to visit...
    a bit more advanced, but there are also crabs that will live in and protect their acros.
    My coral banded shrimp used to be territorial and attack any nearby fish but nowadays it actually cleans the fish, it's pretty cool. I don't keep acros bit I am thinking about possibly getting an anemone and crab pair, I'm just nervous my clowns might evict the crab

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