Peppermint Shrimp


Scientific name - Lysmata wurdemanni complex

Family – Hippolytidae

Common name – Peppermint Shrimp

Range - Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, Western Atlantic

Max Size – 2 in (6 cm)

Care Level – Easy

Temperament – Peaceful

Foods and feeding – This shrimp will scavenge food from the aquarium, but will appreciate small treats of meaty bits.

Supplements - Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements

Aquarium suitability -

Reef compatibility – Yes

Captive care – This shrimp is famous for its ability to eat aiptasia or glass anemones. However it will not eat large one, you will have to kill those by hand. Also not every peppermint will eat aiptasia, so it is best to get several. You can increase your odds of them eating the aiptasia by not feeding them. They are a great addition to an aquarium, but they are mostly nocturnal and you wont see them during the day. Like all invertebrates, they are extremely sensitive to nitrates and copper, and should only be kept in aquariums with pristine water conditions.


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