MARINE SHRIMP FOR THE SALTWATER OR REEF TANK
- Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinesis) – This species of marine shrimp feeds on ectoparasites found on fish and it may also feed on dead tissue. This species gets its name from its habit of cleaning the tank and removing parasites from marine fish.
- Banded Coral Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) – This shrimp has a lovely red-and-white banded pattern and it is one of the more hardy species of marine shrimp. The banded coral shrimp can be very aggressive and it does pose a risk to small fish but it also feeds on parasites.
- Anemone Shrimp (Periclimenes pedersoni) – This species is ideal for small reef tanks as long as the tank is stocked with anemones. This species exhibits unique colorations and it has a symbiotic relationship with marine anemones.
- Blood Shrimp (Lysmata debelius) – This species gets its name from its blood-red coloration. These shrimp are excellent cleaners and they tend to be a little shy, hiding in caves and rockwork. This species does well in groups with other blood shrimp.
- Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni) – This marine shrimp is named for its red-striped coloration and it is another type of cleaner shrimp. These shrimps have been known to feed on the nuisance rock anemone and they can reproduce quickly in the marine tank.
- Pistol Shrimp (Alpheidae family) – These shrimps have a symbiotic relationship with the goby and they have been known to burrow deeply into the substrate. What makes these shrimp truly unique, however, is their enlarged claw which they can snap shut to cause a shockwave that may stun small prey. The clicking of this claw is often audible outside the tank.
- Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta) – One of the most beautiful species of marine shrimp, the Harlequin shrimp is also fairly difficult to cultivate. This species only feeds on starfish which can be expensive and they are highly territorial as a species.
- Marbled Shrimp (Saron marmoratus) – This species is named for its mottled coloration and it is a fairly peaceful species of marine shrimp. Marbled shrimp are fairly shy but they will start to scavenge during the daytime once they become settled in the tank.
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