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Stonogobiops griessingeri / Discordipinna griessingeri
The Flaming Prawn Goby is known scientifically as Stonogobiops griessingeri and is also known as the Griessinger's Goby or the Rainford's Goby. This is a small and captivating marine fish that belongs to the family Gobiidae. More recently, it has been reclassified as Discordipinna griessingeri. This species is highly sought after by aquarists due to its unique appearance, interesting behavior, and its ability to form symbiotic relationships with other marine organisms.
Native to the Indo-Pacific region, particularly found in the coral reefs of the Western Pacific Ocean, the Griessinger's Goby is named after the renowned ichthyologist Richard P. Griessinger. It has a slender and elongated body, reaching an average size of around 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) in length. Its body is predominantly white, adorned with vibrant orange or red markings on its head, dorsal fin, and tail.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Griessinger's Goby is its symbiotic relationship with pistol shrimp. In the wild, these gobies can be found living in close association with pistol shrimp, where the goby acts as a lookout and the shrimp provides a burrow for both to share. This mutually beneficial relationship allows the goby to have a safe place to retreat to while the shrimp benefits from the goby's keen eyesight and ability to detect predators.
In a home aquarium, the Griessinger's Goby thrives in a well-established tank with plenty of live rock or coral formations, which provide hiding spots and mimic its natural habitat. It is a peaceful fish that can coexist with a variety of tank mates, including other small fish and invertebrates, as long as they are not aggressive or territorial.
When it comes to feeding, the Griessinger's Goby is a carnivorous species. It primarily feeds on small crustaceans, such as copepods and amphipods, in the wild. In a home aquarium, it is recommended to provide a varied diet consisting of live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and finely chopped seafood. Supplementing their diet with high-quality pellet or flake foods specifically designed for carnivorous marine fish is also beneficial.
Overall, the Griessinger's Goby, or Discordipinna griessingeri, is a captivating and visually stunning addition to any marine aquarium. Its unique appearance, interesting behavior, and symbiotic relationships make it a fascinating species to observe. With proper care and a suitable environment, this small fish can bring a touch of beauty and intrigue to any aquarist's underwater world.
Gobies will also benefit greatly from live phytoplankton which is readily available to them in the wild.