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    To all you Pony lovers out there, I have a 60 Gal. Cube with 2 mated pairs that I have had 2+ years. For a year I kept a Yellow Goby and a Pistol Shrimp in a 40 Gallon tank with my Seahorses with no problem. The Pistol grew to about 2.5 inches (Claws to tail) and resided with the Goby under the live rock. We regularly heard the Pistol’s tapping on the tank at nighttime. It was quite loud. In January I upgraded my 40 to a 60 Gallon because the 40 did not give my mating pairs the height they needed to complete the egg transfer. The 60 Gallon was a Marineland glass tank 24″x24″x25″ with much thinner glass. I have a 1.5″ sand bottom and about 30 lbs of live rock. Two weeks after the tank transfer, we awoke to a near empty 60 Gallon tank, the water having drained from the bottom into our finished basement. My Seahorses were laying on their sides in little tidal pools, and the other tank mates were either beached on the coral or laying on the bottom likewise.

    For all you doubters out there, Pistol Shrimp CAN break a tank with their claws. Mine punched a hole in the bottom center pane which quickly cracked from back to front. In heavier glass aquariums, you MIGHT be OK. I had heard of this happening, but I’ve kept Pistol’s in my 120 Gallon Reef and in every Seahorse tank I’ve ever had, without incident. Please be advised, that Pistols pose a great threat to your tank. If you have one that taps loudly and frequently, you might want to consider bringing him back to your LPS and add a Fire Shrimp instead. Even the Yellow Goby was a problem toward the end as he had taken to coming out at night and eating the legs off my Sand Sifting Starfish, eventually killing him.

    If I could figure out how to upload a photo of the broken tank, I would.

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