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Randalls pistol shrimp, candy pistol shrimp (Alpheus randalli)

Family: Alpheidae

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef compatibility: Reef safe

Max size: 3cm

Diet: Omnivore / Detrivore

Randalls pistol shrimp is a beautifully colored and marked shrimp that generally lives in a commensal relationship with various types of goby. We have had success keeping this shrimp with many types of goby, to increase the success of pairing them up choose a goby from the indian ocean /  southern pacific areas that reside in burrows. Amblyeleotris randalli as a goby rarely fails.

Watching a pistol shrimp excavate a burrow is fascinating, often ther goby will appear to watch for danger whilst the shrimp improves upon the burrow. Often they will close the entrance to the burrow at night and open it again in the day time.  

Sandy substrate with larger rubble or a few flat rocks or shells to provide some support create the best environment for pistol shrimp. Whilst they can be a bit disruptive to the bottom of the tank it isn't usually a problem if corals are kept mostly off the sand bed or the rocks supporting the corals are buried all the way down to the glass so the shrimp cannot get below them.

Randalls pistol shrimp is one of the smaller varieties and less disruptive. They will feed from the substrate without any specific feeding requirements beyond a healthy tank with other occupants.


Due to variations in species your item may not be identical to that featured in the image, we do however ensure the species is correct and that the markings and colors are very similar.

Before ordering please familiarise yourself with our alive arrive guarantee and the process for making claims under our guarantee.

We offer an 'Arrive Alive' guarantee on all corals, critters, fish and invertebrates. If they do not arrive alive then subject to these terms and conditions you can request a replacement or refund. We guarantee our livestock will arrive alive, there is no reason why it should arrive any other way due to the care and professional way in which they are packaged with heatpacks, polystyrene boxes and all other necessary precautions considered for the species we are shipping.

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Really nice shop. Nice coral and fish selection and prices are good too. Fish food is also a good quality and price. Will be visiting again soon 👍

Dee Stan

May be smaller then some shops in the area but very well priced and can always find a little jem or two in here I never leave without something new for the tank

Richard Fincham