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Coral Banded Shrimp
Stenopus hispicus
Coral Banded Shrimp
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Size: 1-2 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Can be aggressive
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Flake, Meaty, Pellet, Worms
Origin: Caribbean
Acclimation Time: 1+ Hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Monitor with other shrimp
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
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The Coral Banded Shrimp draws attention to any aquarium. It has stunning striking red and white bands across its body with very long white antennae which makes it so appealing to anyone?s eyes. This Coral Banded Shrimp is a peaceful member of the Stenopodidae family. This Coral Banded Shrimp is also known as a ??Boxing Shrimp?? due to the presence of large pinchers on its third set of legs. Also, these pinchers are often held erect which gives the ?ready to fight? look to this shrimp. Due to its aggressive nature towards the same genus, it is recommended to keep the Coral Banded Shrimp singly or in true mated pair. But the Coral Banded Shrimp is very harmless to other fish, corals, and invertebrates within your aquarium. The Coral Banded Shrimp is also known as an ornamental shrimp. Good water quality is very important to maintain the longevity of these shrimp. It is advisable to add supplements to maintain the quality of the water. The Coral Banded Shrimp is mainly found in small cervices or hanging from live rock in the tank. The Coral Banded Shrimp prefers to hide behind the rocks, thereby it is necessary to observe whether they are getting their share of food or not. One can use feeding stick and food can be placed directly in front of them, so that they can grab it. The Coral Banded Shrimp are carnivorous and undergoes a molting process, that?s why even if they lose one of their arms or claws, it can be regenerated while molting. Iodine supplements are beneficial to encourage molting.
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The Coral Banded Shrimp is a longtime staple of the aquarium industry. These Shrimp are white in color with red bands along their body and claws. They have a rough texture to their exoskeleton and long white antennae. The Coral Banded is a great addition to tanks of 50 gallons or more. They enjoy being in full view and will spend the day looking for food -- specifically their desire to eat Bristle Worms and Flat Worms. They accept all foods. Coral Banded Shrimp have a vigorous appetite and should be fed daily. They desire lots of rockwork to cruise around and perch. Keep only one per tank.Shrimp belong to the Class Crustacea and Order Decapoda, which is characterized by two pair of antennae, three body parts, and five pairs of legs. The head of Shrimp is connected to the thorax and covered by a shell called carapace. The antennae of Shrimp are normally long and thin and serve the Shrimp as extended eyes. Shrimp have highly developed abdomens which allows for quick movement. In order for Shrimp to grow they need to shed their exoskeleton, a process called "molting", which allows them to remove their restricting shell and begin a new one. Often times in the home aquarium Shrimp will leave this translucent shell in full view so it can serve as a distraction while the Shrimp finds a hiding place and allows its new shell to harden.
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