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Saltwater Aquarium Shrimp
 
   
Shrimp make interesting additions to an invertebrate or reef aquarium. Being scavengers, they help clean up leftovers in the aquarium while some perform other very important duties keeping a tank rid of aptasia anemones or providing a natural defense against ich outbreaks.

Important Acclimation Notes: All forms of saltwater shrimp are sensitive to changes in water conditions from temperature, pH, and salinity. Inadequate or improper acclimation will result in death through what is called salinity shock. Drip acclimation must occur over a period of AT LEAST a few hours to ensure best chances for a successful transition.

Note: If your Saltwater Aquarium Shrimp loses one of its arms or claws, don't be concerned. saltwater shrimp regenerate appendages in a short time, the next time they molt. This is a common occurance with all shrimp and is a defensive practice so an attacking predator will leave with an appendage rather than a shrimp.

Peppermint Shrimp
Lysmata wurdemanni complex

Do you have pesky aptasia anenome's taking over your tank?
Description: The Peppermint Shrimp is a smart addition to all reef aquariums because of its desire to eat nuisance glass anemones (Aiptasia). The body of the Peppermint shrimp is somewhat transparent with red stripes that run parallel along their body. Peppermint Shrimp are very easy to care for and prefer to be kept in groups. They should be fed daily and will not harm other shrimp. Peppermint Shrimp grow quickly and will molt. Leftover bodies are not dead shrimp, you are seeing the exoskeleton remains of what was shed, when the molt. In order for Shrimp to grow they need to shed their exoskeleton, a process called "molting", which allows them to remove their restricting shell and begin a new one. Often times in the home aquarium Shrimp will leave this translucent shell in full view so it can serve as a distraction while the Shrimp finds a hiding place and allows its new shell to harden.
Care Level:
Easy
Temperament:
Peaceful
Reef Safe:
An excellent reef aquarium species
Diet:
The diet of the Peppermint Shrimp may include Brine, live or frozen foods, pellet and flaked foods.
Reef Compatability:An excellent reef aquarium species, gets along well with tank mates
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 11/4"

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Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Lysmata amboinensis
Description:The skunk cleaner shrimp is an extraordinarily versatile little shrimp that is perfect for most reef tanks, and also for many fish-only tanks without fish that pose a predatory risk to crustaceans. They are omnivorous scavengers, eating almost anything, but are most-well known for their symbiotic relationship with many fish. When a fish comes down with Ich or other types of skin problems, the fish will swim up next to the shrimp and patiently tread water while waiting for the shrimp to clean its body of parasites. For the shrimp's part, it is usually quite diligent and will pick dead skin and necrotic material off the fish, keeping it disease free. This is a fascinating behavior to watch, not to mention practical in a reef tank where Ich outbreaks can threaten fish, but most Ich medications will kill off corals. The cleaner shrimps will be less shy if kept in 2-3 member groups; they will establish their own "cleaner stations" on live rock and fish will know where to seek them when they require their services. Skunk Cleaner Shrimp are very sensitive to quickly changing water conditions, so keep water quality high. Healthy shrimp will molt on a regular basis, another fascinating thing to watch.
Feeding: Cleaner shrimp are omnivores that will eat anything meaty and some greens. They will graze from one end to another end of the tank on microalgae's. But upon introducing a few pellets or a tasty morsel of some sort they head straight for it. Generally any kind of sinking pellet will do
Reef Compatibility:Excellent
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4" to 1-1/4"; Medium: 1-1/4" to 1-3/4"; Large: 1-3/4" to 2"

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Blood Red Fire Shrimp
Lysmata debelius

Good cleaner Shrimp and Detritus Eater for Sand and Rock
Description: Also called The Scarlet Red Cleaner Shrimp, the Red Fire Shrimp is a brilliant deep red with white antennae and small white spots. It by far, is one of the most popular shrimp in the aquarium hobby. Keep as few or as many as you like together, because the Red Fire shrimp is a social species, getting along with other Red Fire Shrimp and also getting along with any other saltwater shrimp. hat is perfect for most reef tanks, and also for many fish-only tanks without fish that pose a predatory risk to crustaceans. They are omnivorous scavengers, eating almost anything, but are excellent for their symbiotic relationship with many fish for cleaning. When a fish comes down with Ich or other types of skin problems, the fish will swim up next to the shrimp and patiently tread water while waiting for the shrimp to clean its body of parasites. For the shrimp's part, it is usually quite diligent and will pick dead skin and necrotic material off the fish, keeping it disease free. This is a fascinating behavior to watch, not to mention practical in a reef tank where Ich outbreaks can threaten fish, but most Ich medications will kill off corals. Like all saltwater shrimp, the Red Fire Shrimp are very sensitive to quickly changing water conditions, so keep water quality high. Healthy shrimp will molt on a regular basis, another fascinating thing to watch.
Feeding: Fire shrimp are omnivores that will eat anything meaty and some greens. They will graze from one end to another end of the tank on microalgae's. But upon introducing a few pellets or a tasty morsel of some sort they head straight for it. Generally any kind of sinking pellet will do
Reef Compatability:Excellent
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4" to 1-1/4"; Medium: 1-1/4" to 1-3/4"; Large: 1-3/4" to 2"

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 Coral Banded Shrimp
Stenopus hispidus
Description:Coral Banded Shrimp are very popular among reefkeepers due to their exquisite coloring and active nature. They are a beautiful addition to the reef with candycane striped bodies, multiple pairs of bright white antennae, and 3 pairs of miniature claws. They are very active and enjoy lots of live rock to scour for detritus, and will hunt and kill pest bristle worms. They are also active "cleaner shrimp". Fish will swim close and allow the shrimp to pick parasites from the flesh. They will also feed on uneaten fish food that falls to the bottom such as frozen foods, pellet and flake. They are reef-safe and only one should be kept per tank, unless they are a confirmed mated pair in which case the pair can be kept in the same tank. Hardy, but must be acclimated slowly to avoid any salinity and/or pH shock. 

Feeding: Coral Banded Shrimp shrimp are omnivores that will eat anything meaty and some greens. They will graze from one end to another end of the tank on microalgae's. But upon introducing a few pellets or a tasty morsel of some sort they head straight for it. Generally any kind of sinking pellet will do.

Reef Compatibility:Excellent

Acclimation Time: 2+ hours

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3/4" to 1-1/4"; Medium; 1-1/4" to 1-3/4"; Large: 1-3/4" to 2-1/2"

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Golden Coral Banded Shrimp
Stenopus zanzibaricus
Description:The Golden Coral Banded Shrimp is closely related to the Coral Banded Shrimp. These shrimp have bright golden yellow bodies complimented by red and orange striping.They are a beautiful addition to the reef with candycane striped bodies, multiple pairs of bright white antennae, and 3 pairs of miniature claws. They are very active and enjoy lots of live rock to scour for detritus, and will hunt and kill pest bristle worms. They are also active "cleaner shrimp". Fish will swim close and allow the shrimp to pick parasites from the flesh. They will also feed on uneaten fish food that falls to the bottom such as frozen foods, pellet and flake. They are reef-safe and only one should be kept per tank, unless they are a confirmed mated pair in which case the pair can be kept in the same tank. Hardy, but must be acclimated slowly to avoid any salinity and/or pH shock. 
Food and diet:It feeds by grazing on algae and anything it can find. will take bits of any food that is added. supplemental feeding not required.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Reef Compatibility:Very good

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Blue Body Coral Banded Shrimp
Stenopus tenuirostris
Description:The Blue Coral Banded Shrimp differs in having blue on the abdomen and legs, and it's also much less frequently available than the regularly seen coral banded shrimp. These popular shrimps are easy to keep and are great in reef tanks. They require no special care once acclimated, and the will eat about anything offered. They may also eat bristleworms. (hurray!) Like all shrimps, they require careful acclimation.Hardy, but must be acclimated slowly to avoid any salinity and/or pH shock. These animals are known to loose their claws or legs during normal shipping practices. They will grow back after the next molt.
Food and diet:It feeds by grazing on algae and anything it can find. will take bits of any food that is added. supplemental feeding not required.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Level of Care: Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good

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 Red Caribbean Pistol Shrimp
Synalpheus species
Food and diet:The Red Caribbean Pistol Shrimp has a red body with white markings and purplish legs. Pistol shrimp get their name from the loud popping sound they can make by quickly opening or closing their specially adapted claws. This is used as a defense mechanism to frighten off would-be predators and, unlike the Mantis Shrimp they are sometimes confused with, they are harmless to most tankmates. Pistol shrimp are scavengers and carnivores. They can be target-fed with small meaty foods occassionally but they will also feed on leftover food in the aquarium. They can be kept with most fish that will not prey on them but should not be kept with small shrimp or lobsters. Watchman or Shrimpgobies often form symbiotic relationships with certain types of Pistol Shrimp. They will prepare a den and mutually occupy it, sharing food and maintenance duties, and the protection of the burrow. The interactions of this relationship is tremendously entertaining, and may be best enjoyed in a small species set-up.

Diet & Food: It will accept any meaty freeze-dried and frozen foods and bottom feeder tablets.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-3/4"

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Camel Shrimp
Rhynchocinetes durbanensis
Description: An interesting shrimp that picks, cleans and stirs substrate. This shrimp will tolerate other inverts, thus, several can be kept together in an aquarium. They will also feed on uneaten fish food that falls to the bottom such as frozen foods, pellet and flake. They are reef-safe and only one should be kept per tank, unless they are a confirmed mated pair in which case the pair can be kept in the same tank. Hardy, but must be acclimated slowly to avoid any salinity and/or pH shock. 
Food and diet:It feeds by grazing on algae and anything it can find. will take bits of any food that is added. supplemental feeding not required.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2"

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 Pederson Shrimp
Periclimenes brevicarpalis
Description:The Pederson Cleaner Shrimp, also known as the Anemone Shrimp plays a significant role in the reef tank. These shrimp will lure fish with their antennas so they can hop onto the fish and begin "cleaning", or picking parasites from them. Many fish will even let them clean the inside of their mouths. They will also form relationships with anemones, the anemone will allow the shrimp to live within its tentacles for protection. These shrimp have transparent bodies with beautiful blue and purple markings, and sometimes they have subtle orange spotting similar to sexy shrimp.
Food and diet:They will accept flake, meaty foods and will forage for algae on the live rock.  
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1"

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  Sexy Shrimp
Thor amboinensis
Food and diet:The tiny Sexy Shrimp has enjoyed good popularity among marine hobbyists throughout the years. It is called the sexy shrimp due to the way it is constantly twirling its body even when stationary. They are a type of anemone shrimp that are normally found in association with anemones in the wild.
Curiously named Thor Amboinensis despite their size. Very small, they are well suited to nano and even pico aquariums. Like the Fire shrimp and the Cleaner Shrimp, the Sexy shrimp are commonly found throughout the Indo-Pacific where they are collected in large numbers for the trade. They are also relatively cheap as a result, making them very accessible to all saltwater tank enthusiasts.
Tank mate selection is important. Due to their small size, they are easily harrased and consumed by larger fish. Strictly no basslets, groupers or any other large carnivores. They do well with pygmy angels. Although i'd avoid housing them with large angels just incase.
Upon introduction and acclimation, they will seek out an anemone host. If one is not found they will make do with substitutes from a variety of corals. Mushrooms, Green star polyps, clove polyps are good candidates for a substitute host. The sexy shrimp is a social creature that does well in groups. I've personally kept them in groups of 5 with little friction. Though there may be some infighting now and again.
Feeding: Sexy shrimp are omnivores that will eat anything meaty and some greens. They will graze from one end to another end of the tank on microalgae's. But upon introducing a few pellets or a tasty morsel of some sort they head straight for it. Generally any kind of sinking pellet will do
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Reef Compatibility:excellent, does well in groups
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/4" to 3/4"

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Tiger Pistol Shrimp
Alpheus bellulus
Description:By far the interesting aspect of pistol shrimp are their ability to form a symbiotic relationship with some species of goby fish. This is commonly seen in pistol shrimps belonging to the genus Alpheus such as the tiger pistol shrimp and Randall's pistol shrimp.The Tiger Pistol Shrimp's body is tan with rust colored broken stripes running across the back and vivid Blue stripes on its legs, arms, and antennae. These beneficial shrimp will constantly move gravel making them excellent sand stirrers in the reef aquarium, as well as scavenging any uneaten food. The sound it makes comes from an appendage on the pincher which moves when the pincher is opened or closed and water is ejected. The Tiger Pistol Shrimp have a symbiotic relationship with gobies . The goby, with better eyesight, warns the shrimp of predators. The shrimp share its food with the goby. Tiger Pistol Shrimp thrive in environments with sand, rock caves, and areas of lower light. They will hang out in the lower portion of the tank, near rocks or ledges to keep out of the direct light. If in pairs, one will often stand guard at the burrow while the other is inside.
Food and diet:Pistol Shrimp will accept any meaty freeze-dried and frozen foods and bottom feeder tablets.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-3/4"

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xxCandy Stripe Randalls Pistol Shrimp
Alpheus randalli
Description:This attractive Pistol Shrimp is generally colored with alternating red and white bands. Note the name Candy stripe. By far the interesting aspect of pistol shrimp are their ability to form a symbiotic relationship with some species of goby fish. This is commonly seen in pistol shrimps belonging to the genus Alpheus such as the tiger pistol shrimp and Randall's pistol shrimp. These beneficial shrimp will constantly move gravel making them excellent sand stirrers in the reef aquarium, as well as scavenging any uneaten food. The sound it makes comes from an appendage on the pincher which moves when the pincher is opened or closed and water is ejected. The Tiger Pistol Shrimp have a symbiotic relationship with gobies . The goby, with better eyesight, warns the shrimp of predators. The shrimp share its food with the goby. Tiger Pistol Shrimp thrive in environments with sand, rock caves, and areas of lower light. They will hang out in the lower portion of the tank, near rocks or ledges to keep out of the direct light. If in pairs, one will often stand guard at the burrow while the other is inside.
Food and diet:Pistol Shrimp will accept any meaty freeze-dried and frozen foods and bottom feeder tablets.
Recommended minimum tank size: 1 gallon or larger
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-3/4"

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 Harlequin Shrimp
Hymenocera elegans

Have a problem witht the tiny white starfish (Asterina), in your reef?
This shrimp will cure your problem.
Description:This truly is one of the most stunning and beautiful Shrimps to be found. With good water quality, a peaceful environment and the proper food, you should have no trouble in maintaining this species for a good many years. The body is of a pinkish-white or white color, splashed with large purple-edged pink spots, and sometimes reddish or light orangish toned looking spots. This shrimp remains very small, only reaching an average length of 1 to 2 inches. Like with all invertebrates, this shrimp is sensitive to copper and high nitrate levels.
Care: As with any marine species, water quality plays an important role in ensuring they remain healthy. Being an invertebrate, shrimp do not tolerate anything less than perfect reef grade water. If you can provide consistent water quality, you should have no trouble at all in being able to keep your Harlequin shrimp healthy and free of problems.
If you must use a synthetic salt mix, prepare the water at least two days in advance of it being needed to allow it to age and become properly mixed and aerated. Prior to use,ensure the new waters pH, salinity and temperature match the water the shrimp are in. They are easily affected by sudden changes and any water changes done with synthetic mixes should be gradual, doing no more than ten to twenty percent at a time, allowing a day between changes. Again, we must stress the importance of water quality and not shocking the shrimp with rapid synthetic water changes. These factors alone account for many shrimp deaths.
Being a timid species, it is also vital to ensure their aquarium is safe from predators or other animals that may harass them. Even a fast moving fish passing by can cause these shrimp stress and they may go into hiding and be unable to properly eat. For breeding purposes, a tank dedicated to a single mated pair is a must. As pets, taking the simple precautions of having pump inlets protected and any possible predators removed will make keeping this species a simple matter.

Food and diet:Pieces of Starfish are the food nescessary to keep Harlequin shrimp. We recommend the Chocolate Chip Starfish, since you can cut off the arms without killing the starfish. The Chocolate chip starfish is easy to maintain and feed upon readily obtained seafood meats such as clams and oysters. Such a steady, meaty diet will ensure that the starfish can regrow its lost limb(s) much faster than other starfish groups.

Recommended minimum tank size: 10 gallon or larger
Reef Compatibility:Very good
Approximate Purchase Size: 1"
Recommended Reading: The Care and Breeding of Harlequin Shrimp by Charles and Linda Raabe

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  Saron Shrimp
Saron sp

Description: Also called Monkey shrimp , marbled shrimp, or buffalo shrimp, is a easily cared for species that is perfect for reef aquariums. During daylight the Saron Shrimp is a brown color with green spots; however, these green spots will have variable amounts of white speckling. The Saron Shrimp is nocturnal, and at night, the color of its body turns primarily red, which helps it blend into the shadows of the twilight. The legs have darker brown bands on a brown background with alternating white speckled bands and their first pair of walking legs are elongated. Tufts of cirri (feathery appendages) are found decorating the back of the males.

When introduced into the marine aquarium, the Saron Shrimp will need a dark place in which to hide and hangout until dusk. Initially the Saron Shrimp will come out only at night, but after acclimating, it will start to wander about during the daylight. The Saron Shrimp is usually found in the coral rubble at the base of the reef or in low lying crevices within the rock. As with most all invertebrate species it is intolerant of copper or high nitrates, and will require a correct level of iodine in the water for proper molting.

As with most shrimp the Saron Shrimp is primarily a scavenger and will comb the substrat of the aquarium looking for any leftover meaty items. It's diet should also be supplemented with meaty foods such as, brine shrimp, plankton, flaked food, frozen food, and small pieces of fish.

Food and diet:
As with most shrimp the Saron Shrimp is primarily a scavenger and will comb the substrat of the aquarium looking for any leftover meaty items. It's diet should also be supplemented with meaty foods such as, brine shrimp, plankton, flaked food, frozen food, and small pieces of fish.

Recommended minimum tank size: 10 gallon or larger
Reef Compatibility:considered reef safe, but it may bother some polyp and Zoanthid corals.
Approximate Purchase Size:
1" to 1 1/4"


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