Pistol Shrimp


Scientific name - Alpheus sp

Family – Alpheidae

Common name – Snapping, Pistol, Symbiotic Shrimp

Range - Caribbean, Eastern Asia

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 known for its symbiotic relationship with Amblyeleotris or Stonogobiops gobies. They also can make a popping sound with their claws, similar to a mantis. Some species of the Pistol shrimp also have symbiotic relationships with sponges, anemones, or corals. They prefer a tank with dimmer lighting and lots of live rock. 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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