The Saltwater Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni) is also known as Veined Shrimp and Caribbean Cleaner Shrimp. It is a natural predator of the nuisance anemone- aiptasia, while some peppermint shrimp may have more of a taste for the anemone than others. It is a peaceful shrimp toward other tank mates, and can be kept with several of its kind successfully. Peppermint Shrimp have transparent bodies with red stripes all over. It is sometimes called the Candy Cane shrimp or the Caribbean Cleaner Shrimp but the name Peppermint Shrimp seems to be the most common. The Peppermint Shrimp is best known for its natural ability to manage nuisance Aiptasia, or glass anemones. Keep in mind that some individual Peppermint Shrimp are better at managing aiptasia while others may not be interested in aiptasia at all. There are a few different ways to control this anemone and using the Peppermint Shrimp is a very popular choice for many aquarist's. They are also considered a cleaner shrimp but may not "clean" as often or prolifically as the skunk cleaner shrimp.
Diet and Feeding
Feeding this shrimp should not be a problem since they should scavenge the tank for any uneaten foods and detritus.
You may want to give them a sinking shrimp pellet or a small piece of fresh fish from time to time.
Level of Care Easy
Reef Compatibility Excellent