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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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Saron Shrimp
Saron marmoratus
Picture of Japanese Snapping Shrimp

Description: The Saron Shrimp, also known as the Monkey Shrimp, Marble Shrimp or buffalo shrimp. 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 only.

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.

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.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

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

Price Each $9.99 ea.
Pack of 3 $28.47 ($9.49 ea.)
Pack of 6 $53.94 ($8.99 ea.)

Harlequin Shrimp
Hymenocera elegans
Picture of Harlequin Shrimp

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 necessary 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.

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef Compatibility: Excellent

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

Small $19.99 ea. Medium $34.99 ea. Large $39.99 ea. True Mated Pair $89.99 ea.

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

Description: This chubby shrimp with black-ringed orange spots on its tail is often seen in large sea anemones on many of our shores. Usually a pair are seen in one anemone. It is also sometimes called the Clown anemone shrimp or White Spot Anemone Shrimp. Body almost transparent, especially the smaller male. Pincers long transparent with purple bars. The female is often larger and more brightly marked with more and larger white spots on the back, along the abdomen and the base of the tail. The male may be totally transparent except for the eyespots on the tail. Some also have a white tail and a white bar between the eyes like the female. In both the male and female, the tail has 5 black-ringed orange eyespots. We have seen these shrimps with these anemones: Giant carpet anemone(Stichodactyla gigantea), Haddon's carpet anemones (Stichodactyla haddoni), Magnificent anemones (Heteractis magnifica), Leathery anemone (Heteractis crispa), Pizza anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum) and the Bubble-tip anemone (Entacmea quadricolor) The Ocellaris clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) are also found together with the anemone shrimps on the same anemone. They don't seem to mind one another at all. If the Peackock Anemone shrimp hangs out on the anemone all the time you may ask how is it eating? Anemone shrimps do not eat the host anemone. Instead, they are sheltered in the anemone for protection and feed on anemone left overs. The shrimps are often seen "hanging" over the edge of their anemone home with their pincers extended.

Food and diet: Feeding this shrimp should not be a problem since they eat just about all meaty aquarium foods. They will accept any meaty freeze dried or frozen foods in the aquarium.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility :Excellent

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

Small $19.99 ea. Medium $19.99 ea. Large $29.99 ea.

Clown Mantis Shrimp
Odontodactylus scyllarus
Picture of Clown Mantis Shrimp

Description: The Clown Mantis Shrimp also called the Peacock mantis shrimp is a brightly colored crustacean that lives on Indo-Pacific coral reefs and associated sand flats. Its common name reflects the brilliant greens and blues that adorn the male’s exoskeleton (shell). Females are also brightly colored but are mostly red. Also known as Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Rainbow Mantis Shrimp, Painted Mantis Shrimp they are found close to reefs in sand and rubble areas with several burrows to hide in. The Males are brighter than the females and juveniles are more yellow. Mantis Shrimps have excellent eye sight with large eyes mounted on stalks these can swivel to give almost 360' vision. The Peacock mantis shrimps are found during the day scurrying around the reef hunting their prey, but disappearing into their holes when approached.

The Clown Mantis Shrimp should be housed in an aquarium that is devoted to this species. Only one shrimp should be kept in the aquarium. They have very quick claws that they use to break the shell of crustaceans and crabs. They should not be housed with fish or other invertebrates, unless they are very large, and caution should still be exercised. A sandy bottom with plenty of rubble and at least one piece of live rock should be provided for these shrimp to create a cave.

Food and diet: Mantis species can be fed live foods such as crabs and snails, or fed frozen foods such as shrimp and squid soaked in nutritional supplements such as selcon. If the Mantis shrimp refuses to eat frozen foods, then do not feed it for up to two weeks. Everyday stick the food (On a stick or skewer) into the tank and swish it in front of the shrimp and wave it outside its burrow, or even prod it with the food lightly. If after two weeks it will still not eat, put in some food it will eat, such as crabs and snails. Smasher type mantis shrimp need a little bit of hard shelled food to keep their raptorial appendages (smashing claws) in shape. This is especially important to the survival of Odontactylus Scyllarus, the peacock mantis shrimp, because it is prone to shell disease and moulting problems.

Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility :No

Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 5-1/2"

Price Each $59.99 ea.

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