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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.

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Japanese Snapping Shrimp
Alpheus bisincisus
Picture of Japanese Snapping Shrimp

Description: The Japanese Snapping Shrimp also be called the Red Snapping Shrimp, is found from the West Pacific Ocean to the Red Sea to Japan. Their body is a deep red with white spots. The base of the tail and the claws banded in white. The Japanese Snapping Shrimp inhabits rubble bottom areas where it builds a burrow in the sand and often forms a symbiotic relationship with several different goby species for protection from predators. The reason they need the protection is their very poor vision. Best environment is a sand substrate, live rock with hiding places, and areas of low light such as caves and overhanging shelves. If in pairs, one will often stand guard at the burrow while the other is inside. Besides the fun of having them in your aquarium they are a worker, moving the sand substrate around, stirring up all the caught up detritus. Their work continues as they scavenge all the uneaten food they find.

Food and diet: Feeding this shrimp should not be a problem since they should scavenge the tank for any uneaten foods and detritus. They will accept any meaty freeze dried or frozen foods and bottom feeder tablets, as well as scavenge for algae in the aquarium. Snapping Shrimp are intolerant of copper medications and aquarium high nitrate levels.




Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

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


Price Each $34.99 ea.



Candy Stripe Randalls Pistol Shrimp
Alpheus bellulus
Picture of Candy Stripe Randalls Pistol Shrimp

Description: The attractive Candy Stripe Randalls Pistol Shrimp is colored with alternating red and white bands. 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: Feeding this shrimp should not be a problem since they should scavenge the tank for any uneaten foods and detritus. They will accept any meaty freeze dried or frozen foods and bottom feeder tablets, as well as scavenge for algae in the aquarium. Snapping Shrimp are intolerant of copper medications and aquarium high nitrate levels.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

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


Price Each $24.99 ea.


Tiger Snapping Shrimp
Alpheus bellulus
Picture of Tiger Snapping Shrimp

Description: The Tiger Snapping shrimp also called the Tiger Pistol Shrimp has a most interesting ability to form a symbiotic relationship with many species of goby fish. This is commonly seen in pistol shrimps belonging to the genus Alpheus such as the tiger shrimp and Randall's shrimp. The Tiger Snapping Shrimp's body is tan with rust coloured 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: Feeding this shrimp should not be a problem since they should scavenge the tank for any uneaten foods and detritus. They will accept any meaty freeze dried or frozen foods and bottom feeder tablets, as well as scavenge for algae in the aquarium. Snapping Shrimp are intolerant of copper medications and aquarium high nitrate levels.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

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


Price Each $19.99 ea.


Bullseye Pistol Shrimp
Alpheus soror
Picture of Bullseye Pistol Shrimp

Description: The Bullseye Pistol Shrimp is also often commonly referred to as the Blue Spot Snapping Shrimp. A striking species not often found in aquarium stores or in stock on aquarium websites. This shrimp has an orange/yellow body with bright purple claws accented with orange and purple legs. The most fascinating thing about this animal is the symbiotic relationship it shares with watchman/shrimp gobies. Their name comes from the loud cracking noise made by their large claw.It makes a clicking or popping sound from an appendage on the pincher, which moves when the pincher is opened or closed and water is ejected. It is not harmful to any other invertebrates or fish and will not pose any threat in the tank, with the possible exception of very very small shrimp species.

The Bullseye Pistol Shrimp is an extremely beneficial aquarium inhabitant that will keep the substrate sifted and will keep the aquarium clean and free of any uneaten food. This species is also known for excavating caves in which it will sleep or retreat to in case it feels threatened. In fact, when kept in pairs one will often stand guard at the burrow while the other is inside. Bullseye Pistol Shrimp are equally at home in either fish-only or reef aquariums, with the only tank unsuitable for them being one with predatory fish species that might eat them.


Food and diet: The Bullseye Pistol Shrimp is a true omnivore and will scavenge the aquarium substrate and reef for bits of meaty foods or algae, They will readily accept any meaty freeze-dried, frozen or flake foods or bottom feeder tablets, as well as scavenge for algae and leftovers from fish feeding.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

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


Price Each $39.99 ea.



Camel Shrimp
Rhynchocinetes durbanensis
Picture of Camel Shrimp

Description: The Camel Shrimp is also known as the Dancing Shrimp, Candy Shrimp or Hingebeak Shrimp. Camel shrimp are very sociable with one another and can be maintained in large colonies. Avoid keeping alongside fish that prey on crustaceans. They hail from the tropical waters of the East Indian Ocean, Australia, Indonesia, East Pacific, and central/west Pacific. Found in small groups in rock crevices, rocky overhangs, coral rubble, and rock caves. The Camel Shrimp has a variable pattern of red and white stripes on its body. The males of its species tend to have larger chelipeds (claws) than the females. It is usually peaceful towards fish and other invertebrates, but it can be a target for aggressive fish or other invertebrates. Potential fish tank mates can include peaceful fish such as tangs or clownfish. Camel shrimp can be a beneficial tank member as it is a proficient sand-sifter that will feed on waste materials and can generally help keep the tank clean.

Food and diet: It will accept a varied diet of prepared fresh and frozen foods suitable for carnivores, vitamin-enriched flakes, fine sinking pellets, freeze-dried krill, frozen or freeze-dried plankton, live adult brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, finely chopped prawn, mussels, clams, or cockle meat, or nauplii (crustacean larvae). It is best if it is fed at least once per day.



Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility :With Caution

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





Price Each $7.99 ea.



Sexy Shrimp
Thor amboinensis
Picture of Sexy Shrimp

Description: :The tiny Sexy Shrimp has enjoyed good popularity among marine hobbyists throughout the years. It is called the sexy shrimp due to the unusual body movements. When moving it sways its abdomen back and forth like dancing with an exotic flair. Curiously named Thor Amboinensis despite their size. Very small, they are well suited to nano and even pico aquariums. 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 smaller angels. In the home aquarium the Sexy Anemone Shrimp is often found perched on a coral frag or outcropping of live rock. Most are equally fearless as they are beautiful and will scavenge in any area of the aquarium in search of meaty foods. The sexy shrimp is a social creature that does well in groups and due to their small size even a small nano tank can house a few of these sexy sea critters.

Food and diet: 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



Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

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





Price Each $12.99
Pack of 3 $37.49 (12.49 ea.)
Pack of 6 $71.99 (11.99 ea.)


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