Do Shrimp Gobies need established tanks?

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Hi all, I would just like to know whether Shrimp Gobies need established tanks with lots of microfauna in the sand. Do they sift sand the same way as Sleeper Gobies (genus Valencianna etc.) do? Do they do best in mature, established tanks or can they be the first fish or among the first fish in a tank?

I want to add a YWG, a Pink Bar Shrimp Goby, and an Orange Spotted Shrimp Goby to my 6’.
 

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Nope. They are not sand sifters, and therefore don’t require lots of microfauna in the sand. I would say they can be among the first fish in the tank, but wouldn’t put them in as the first fish in the tank, unless more belligerent tankmates were to be added later.
 
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I am seriously considering putting my three gobies in along with my 4 PJ Cardinals as my first fish so they could be among my first fish, but not sure if 7 fish is too many for a 180 that’s just started. They’ll all be small, around an inch or slightly more than an inch, just worried about the sudden spike in nitrates or even ammonia.
 

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I’ve been on the fence about adding a watchman and tiger first to my setup as well. It would either be this or the royal gramma since I think it’s the most “shy” on my prospect list.
 
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I wanted to add my clowns first sooo bad haha, have them waiting at my LFS but I’ve heard/read adding a pair first is hit or miss as they will want to claim the whole display as theirs. I have a 60g (kinda cube) display.
 

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I’ve have not been able to get on board with the cardinals. No particular reason. Are they “schooling” fish?
 

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