Saltwater Aquarium Shrimp: Zanzibar Coral Banded Shrimp, Stenopus zanzibaricus
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Zanzibar Coral Banded Shrimp, Stenopus zanzibaricus

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Description: The Zanzibar Banded Coral Shrimp (Stenopus zanzibaricus) has a red and white body, Red legs and golden yellow abdomen. Very similar to the Atlantic Golden Coral Banded Shrimp (S. scutellatus) but Zanzibar has red antennae while the Golden Banded Coral Shrimp's antennae are white. The Zanzibar Banded Coral Shrimp is also more predominately white while the Golden Banded Coral Shrimp is more yellow-gold.

The Zanzibar Coral Banded Shrimp is closely related to the Coral Banded Shrimp. Zanzibar Shrimp are very active and enjoy lots of live rock to scour for detritus, and will hunt and kill pest bristle worms. They are also an 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. Members of the Stenopodidae family which are all the Coral Banded Shrimp varieties are all also sometimes called "Boxing Shrimp" because the pinchers on their third set of legs are for the most part "up and out" giving the Coral Banded Shrimp family the appearance of a boxer ready to throw the first punch. Though the Coral Banded Shrimp family can be aggressive towards other Coral Banded Shrimp, they are for the most part peaceful towards all fish, corals, and invertebrates. Because of their aggressive disposition towards each other, there should only be one Coral Banded Shrimp to the saltwater aquarium. The only way to house two Coral Banded Shrimp is to find a mated pair. They can be purchased but of course are harder to find. If desired and you find a pair jump on it because they are hard for the aquarium outlets to get a hold of.

All crustaceans will benefit from supplements of iodine and mineral to help form a healthy and hard exoskeleton. Regular interval water changes with a good, high quality salt mixe usually provides enough of both, but extra supplements may be needed in reef tanks or in tanks with heavy invertebrates loads that use up iodine and other minerals rapidly.

Food and Diet: 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.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2-3/4"

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