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Aquarium Shrimp

There are many different kinds of shrimp that are both interesting and colorful additions to an invertebrate or reef aquarium. All shrimp are 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. All shrimp have an exoskeleton which means they have their skeleton on the outside. This hard outer shell called the carapace must shed (molt) for the shrimp to grow. Molting is a necessary process that shrimp must go through numerous times as they grow. When they shed their shell, they will be vulnerable to harm because their new shell is quite soft in the beginning. During this short period they will stay hidden.

As with any marine species, water quality plays an important role in ensuring reef aquarium shrimp remain healthy. Being an invertebrate, saltwater shrimp do not tolerate poor water quality. If you can provide consistent saltwater quality, you should have no trouble at all in being able to keep any reef aquarium shrimp healthy and free of problems. When using a salt mix, prepare the water at least two days in advance to allow it to age and become properly mixed and aerated. Prior to use, ensure the saltwater aquarium pH, salinity and temperature match the water the shrimp are in. They are easily affected by sudden changes so water changes need to be kept on the smaller side to not shock your shrimp. We recommend never doing any more than a twenty percent water change at a time, allowing a day or more rest between changes. As aquarium pets, taking the simple precautions of having all pump inlets protected and any possible predators removed, will make keeping this species a simple matter.

Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni
Peppermint Shrimp
Lysmata wurdemanni

Picture of Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Lysmata amboinensis
Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Lysmata amboinensis

Picture of Blood Red Fire Shrimp
Blood Red Fire Shrimp
Lysmata debelius

Picture of Coral Banded Shrimp, Stenopus hispidus
Coral Banded Shrimp
Stenopus hispidus

Picture of Zanzibar Coral Banded Shrimp, Stenopus zanzibaricus
Zanzibar Coral Banded Shrimp
Stenopus zanzibaricus

Picture of Blue Body Coral Banded Shrimp, Stenopus tenuirostris
Blue Body Coral Banded Shrimp
Stenopus tenuirostris

Picture of Gold Coral Banded Shrimp, Alpheus bisincisus
Golden Coral Banded Shrimp
Alpheus bisincisu

Picture of Randall's Pistol Shrimp, Alpheus randalli
Randall's Pistol Shrimp
Alphus randalli

Picture of Tiger Snapping Shrimp, Alpheus bellulus
Tiger Pistol Shrimp
Alpheus bellulus

Picture of Saron Shrimp, Saron marmoratus
Saron Shrimp
Saron marmoratus

Picture of Harlequin Shrimp, Hymenocera elegans
Harlequin Shrimp
Hymenocera elegans

Picture of Peacock Tail Anemone Shrimp, Periclimenes brevicarpalis
Peacock Tail Anemone Shrimp
Periclimenes brevicarpalis

Picture of Camel Shrimp, Rhynchocinetes durbanensis
Camel Shrimp
Rhynchocinetes durbanensis

Picture of a Bumble Bee Shrimp, Gnathophyllum americanum
Bumble Bee Shrimp
Gnathophyllum americanum

Picture of Red Cave Shrimp, Barbouria cubensis
Red Cave Shrimp
Barbouria cubensis

Picture of Red Caribbean Pistol Shrimp, Alpheus sp
Red Caribbean Pistol Shrimp
Alpheus sp

Picture of Green Pistol Shrimp, Alpheus euphrosyne
Green Pistol Shrimp
Alpheus euphrosyne

Picture of Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus Scyllarus
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Odontodactylus Scyllarus

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