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Aiptasia Eating Peppermint Shrimp

Aiptasia Eating Peppermint Shrimp


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Lysmata sp.

The name Peppermint Shrimp applies to a variety of Lysmata species that are distributed along the Eastern Seaboard, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. This attractive shrimp is named for the red stripes running the length of its transparent to cream-colored body. It grows to a maximum size of 2 inches.

The Peppermint shrimp serves two important functions in a reef system. It is a cleaner shrimp, meaning it cleans the parasites off its tankmates. It is also a scavenger; sifting sand for food and promoting a healthier aquarium. The Peppermint Shrimp is famous for eating the nuisance Aiptasia anemone. In a reef system, the shrimp can control the spread of aptaisia by eating the small, developing anemones. This shrimp will not eat corals. During the day the shrimp will generally hide in live rock and come out at night to forage for food. The Peppermint Shrimp is non-aggressive with fish and other invertebrates, and groups of them can cohabitate peacefully in the same reef aquarium. It is not uncommon for peppermint shrimp to spawn when kept in groups of 2 or more. The newly hatched shrimp larvae are great food for corals and small fish.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Austria shrimp

First day I thought it died, saw what looked like the shell of the shrimp. Then it appeared from behind a rock at feeding time, it molted overnight. Good for the tank but don’t count on seeing it much if you have a large amount of rock. They are very shy.

Lamont Holland

Cleared all the aiptasia in my refugium in a couple of days!

David Halpern
What a work horse!

All Aiptasia gone the first night! Very active little
Shrimp. Fun to watch. As always Staff is super helpful

Tony Christon-Walker
Cleaning Crew Starter Pack

We bought two peppermint shrimp and they were the first of our cleaning crew. They are shy but cute.

Haven't seen him but nice shrimp

I haven't seen it eat an Aiptasia and truthfully only seen him twice in the tank. Its a good shrimp though. Ill probably buy a couple more eventually.

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