I was out of bed like a shot yesterday morning so that I could check in on the tank before sunrise. To my horror I discovered the pair of Scaleless shrimpgobies (T. nudus) had been evicted from their cozy cave and were currently sitting out on the sand in the rear left hand corner of the tank which was not good from their point of view or mine! There was no sign of the Whitecap goby at all, I checked the weir comb but nothing was stuck on there, I also stood on a chair and peered into the overflow chamber with a torch in case it had taken a ride but nothing there either (thank goodness for that at least!). There were signs of the pistol shrimp’s work as holes had appeared under the rockwork (left-hand rock pile) that had not been there the day before. When the lights started to ramp up the shrimpgobies switched over to the far right-hand side of the tank looking rather unhappy (to my eyes at least).
I checked on the tank all day long but saw no sign of the Whitecap, I did see brief glimpses of the shrimp as it excavated more sand from under the rocks. It’s a good job the rocks rest directly on the base of the tank as I can quite easily see how rock slides can occur in tanks containing these guys. The shrimpgobies showed no interest in eating any food whatsoever, another sign of their displeasure at the new state of affairs. In the early evening however they begun to check out the new holes that had been dug by the shrimp, now that was certainly a surprise to me.
Finally in the evening during what must have been my 100th check on the tank that day the Whitecap goby suddenly appeared from a hole right in front of me. It was alive!! I can’t tell you how relieved I was, however it was soon apparent to me that the only reason it had come out was because it had been chased out by one of the shrimpgobies! What the…?! Of course the Whitecap rapidly vanished down another hole but at least I now knew that it had made it through the first night and day. I hope tomorrow things will have settled down a bit.
Hi, my name is Lisa and I live in Derby, UK. I am a self-confessed reefaholic!