Species profile: Flaming Prawn Goby


Ichthyology Doug Hoese © Australian Museum

The flaming prawn goby (Discordipinna griessingeri) may well just be the most beautifully frustrating fish I’ve ever kept. Without doubt, it is one of the most stunning fish you can get for a pico aquarium, but from my experience, you will very rarely get to appreciate its magnificence.

This tiny fish is becoming more popular in the aquarium trade and it’s easy to see why. They generally command a higher price than other nano fish, I paid £45 for mine, but I’ve seen them going for as much as £90, which is a lot of money for not a lot of fish. They are carnivorous and inhabit the coastal oceans of the Indo-Pacific.

Although termed a prawn goby, there is no evidence that this particular species actively interacts or lives with pistol shrimp. Unlike those prawn gobies that like to share burrows with…

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Posted on January 31, 2017, in Saltwater Aquarium Reef Tank. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Species profile: Flaming Prawn Goby.

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