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Old 03/13/2018, 11:59 AM   #1
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HELP me find my shrimp...

Um... Really dumb thing here. I ordered a bonded pair of hobbies and a pistol shrimp... But when I opened the bar with the rocks I swear it is empty. Here is the pic... L.A. Says he is 3/4 inch long. I see nada...

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Old 03/13/2018, 12:09 PM   #2
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Where is your goby? Maybe you got a ghost shrimp and a ghost goby?



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Old 03/13/2018, 12:11 PM   #3
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They were all packaged separately. The gobies are acclimating.

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Old 03/13/2018, 12:15 PM   #4
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Could he be in one of the rocks?


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Old 03/13/2018, 12:17 PM   #5
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I tried turning them all. There is one TINY hole, but I doubt he could fit in it. Maybe i got the elusive Invisible Shrimp!

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Old 03/13/2018, 12:33 PM   #6
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You have to pay extra for the invisible ones.

Actually all I ever see of my pistol is his antenna, so he might as well be invisible!


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Old 03/13/2018, 02:00 PM   #7
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How big are those pieces of rock? They all look small but with nothing for perspective it's kinda hard to tell.


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Old 03/13/2018, 04:51 PM   #8
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They are about 3/4 to an inch or so.

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Old 03/13/2018, 05:08 PM   #9
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If those rocks are 1", there's nothing big enough for a 3/4" pistol shrimp to hide in. That was an expensive bag of water (and a few rocks).

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Old 03/13/2018, 05:18 PM   #10
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He’s there. No one can see him?

Top of the picture.


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Old 03/13/2018, 06:53 PM   #11
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I see nothing but rocks. I kinda have the same problem, I bought a pistol for my watchman and havenít seen him since I put him in the tank. It has been a month.


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Old 03/13/2018, 07:44 PM   #12
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What is the thing caught inside of the green mesh?


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Old 03/13/2018, 08:21 PM   #13
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Place a small amount of food, turn lights off and get a nice flashlight and go hunting. He might pop out.


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Old 03/13/2018, 09:46 PM   #14
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Guys top of the pic. Zoom in.


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Old 03/14/2018, 02:51 AM   #15
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I ordered a pair of gobies and a pistol from LA not too long ago and I couldnít believe how tiny the pistol was. Hopefully you didnít throw him out with the bag or something! If the food idea doesnít work, you could try throwing the rocks in some RO/DI and see if something comes out.

On a side note, my shrimp did not have any rock shipped with it. Also, itís definitely alive in my tank because I see signs on it bulldozing around and hear him shoot his pistol all day long.


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Old 03/14/2018, 05:30 AM   #16
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Yeah I have no idea what happened. He never appeared. Seems like they sent me a bag of rocks. We checked the plastic bag like 10 times thinking he had lodged in a fold of plastic or something, but could not find him.

LA gave me a credit... But they probably think I am an idiot. "Uh... Yeah... You sent me an empty bag?" I'm sure they were thinking "yeah right"

Now I'm sad because my gobies don't have their shrimp. Kind of doubting that they are a bonded pair too... They aren't sticking very near each other in the tank. The big one seems fond of the smaller one... But the little one keeps running away lol

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Old 03/14/2018, 06:48 AM   #18
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Yeah I have no idea what happened. He never appeared. Seems like they sent me a bag of rocks. We checked the plastic bag like 10 times thinking he had lodged in a fold of plastic or something, but could not find him.

LA gave me a credit... But they probably think I am an idiot. "Uh... Yeah... You sent me an empty bag?" I'm sure they were thinking "yeah right"

Now I'm sad because my gobies don't have their shrimp. Kind of doubting that they are a bonded pair too... They aren't sticking very near each other in the tank. The big one seems fond of the smaller one... But the little one keeps running away lol

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Iíve heard stories of LA just selling two random fish and selling them as a ďbonded pairĒ. Flat out lying if you ask me.


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Can you trade the extra goby for a pistol shrimp at a local fish store?


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Can you trade the extra goby for a pistol shrimp at a local fish store?
Not a bad idea. The little one is A LOT smaller than the big one. Talking almost 2 inches to about 3/4 of an inch. Is that normal for them?

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Not a bad idea. The little one is A LOT smaller than the big one. Talking almost 2 inches to about 3/4 of an inch. Is that normal for them?

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Yeah that is a way used by stores to prevent them from fighting. So when they pair fish, they take one big and one small specimen. Mostly bigger will be the male and smaller will be the female (or vice versa in certain fish).

If you mix fish that are about the same size, there will almost always be fighting, even if they are a male and a female. Size difference predetermines the hierarchy and who is dominant, so there is very little to no fighting for determining that.


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Old 03/14/2018, 11:36 AM   #22
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Yeah that is a way used by stores to prevent them from fighting. So when they pair fish, they take one big and one small specimen. Mostly bigger will be the male and smaller will be the female (or vice versa in certain fish).

If you mix fish that are about the same size, there will almost always be fighting, even if they are a male and a female. Size difference predetermines the hierarchy and who is dominant, so there is very little to no fighting for determining that.
Sounds like they didn't really have a bonded pair, but they suspect that these two will BECOME bonded in time, due to the size diff.

I kind of feel like I didn't get what I paid for (not counting the entirely missing shrimp). There is enough room for me to give them the benefit of the doubt I suppose. The gobies MAY bond and they did give me credit for the shrimp... So... Can I really complain?

Probably not.

That wasn't all that was in this order either, and the other fish is doing great so far, so I guess I will just hunt for a shrimp locally.

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Sounds like they didn't really have a bonded pair, but they suspect that these two will BECOME bonded in time, due to the size diff.

I kind of feel like I didn't get what I paid for (not counting the entirely missing shrimp). There is enough room for me to give them the benefit of the doubt I suppose. The gobies MAY bond and they did give me credit for the shrimp... So... Can I really complain?

Probably not.

That wasn't all that was in this order either, and the other fish is doing great so far, so I guess I will just hunt for a shrimp locally.

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"Bonded pair" designation they use just mean that the fish were being kept together in the same tank at their own facility and were not fighting. They sometimes just put different fish together and look if they fight or not (kinda like a trail an error) until they fish two fish that get along. Or they mix like 20 fish, and pick up the ones that follow each other or stay close to each other. Since they have bare bottom, shallow and divided tanks, it is very easy to to these.

I highly doubt these fish even saw each other in the ocean, they are most probably are not even from the same patch of reef.

I have seen "bonded pairs " that were color morphs of the specie that lives in different regions (like hawaii and vanuatu).


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Just buy a pistol shrimp from your LFS. TBH, had I known how tiny the shrimp was going to be, I would have done that because then Iíd know I was getting something over 3/4Ē (if that!). Iím just hoping he grows and starts coming out from hiding some. All I see are his little piles of sand he leaves around his home and hear him snap throughout the day.


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