Orange-striped shrimpgoby

Stonogobiops Yasha, also known as the Yasha Goby or the Orange-striped shrimpgoby, is a small and colorful saltwater fish that is popular among aquarium enthusiasts. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the Orange-striped shrimpgoby, including its appearance, natural habitat, behavior, diet, ideal tank conditions, and more.


The Stonogobiops Yasha has a slender body that grows to an average size of 5 cm (2 inches) in length. Its body is mostly transparent with red and orange stripes that run horizontally across its body. It has large eyes that are located towards the top of its head, and it uses them to watch for potential threats from above. Stonogobiops Yasha is often kept together with a partner shrimp that creates a unique symbiotic relationship.

Natural environment

The Stonogobiops Yasha is native to the western Pacific Ocean, specifically around Indonesia and the Philippines. They are found in shallow coastal waters and coral reefs, where they live in burrows in sandy or gravelly substrate. They are usually found in pairs, and their burrows are often shared with a partner shrimp.


Stonogobiops Yasha is a peaceful and friendly fish that will usually coexist with other peaceful species in the aquarium. They are a burrowing fish that spends most of their time near the bottom of the tank. They form a symbiotic relationship with a partner shrimp, and they share a burrow that they dig in the substrate. The partner shrimp will help keep the burrow clean and will also benefit from the protection provided by the goby. They prefer to form a partnership with the Alpheus randalli shrimp, in particular the white with red variant.


The Stonogobiops Yasha is a carnivorous species that feeds on small invertebrates and plankton in the wild. In the aquarium, they will accept a variety of frozen and live foods, such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and mysis shrimp. They also graze on microorganisms in the sand bed.

Keeping an Orange-striped shrimpgoby

The Stonogobiops Yasha is relatively easy to care for in the home aquarium, but they require specific water conditions to thrive. They need a tank with a minimum size of 40 liters (10 gallons) and plenty of hiding places. They are therefore suitable for nano tanks. They prefer sand or fine gravel substrate for burrowing, and they also require live rock for grazing. Provide them with plenty of hiding places as well. They need a water temperature of 24-28 °C (75-82 °F), a pH of 8.1-8.4 and a sG of 1.023 – 1.027.

Scientific nameStonogobiops yasha
Type of aquariumMarine
SizeUp to 5 cm / 2 inches
Ideal tank sizeAt least 40 liters / 10 gallons
Ideal water temperature24-28 °C / 75-82 °F
pH8.1 – 8.4
sG1.023 – 1.027
DietCarnivorous: feeds on small invertebrates such as copepods and amphipods, but may also accept frozen or prepared foods in the aquarium
SchoolingCan be kept in pairs or small groups, but not necessary for their well-being


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