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Home > Marine Life > Invertebrates > Shrimp
Fire Shrimp
Lysmata debelius
Fire Shrimp
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Size: .75 - 2 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Brine, Flake, Pellet, Meaty
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ Hours
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The Fire Shrimp is named due to its blood-red body color with white spots in the carapace and white appendages. With its exquisite design, it makes the most spectacular shrimp in your fish tank. The Fire Shrimp is indigenous to the Indo-Pacific region and is considered a scarlet cleaner shrimp who removes necrotic tissue and parasites from fishes. It inhabits coral reefs and is usually encountered at depths of sea. The Fire Shrimp brilliantly performs as a cleaner for removing the ectoparasites or dead skin from fish. Once the fish sense that the shrimp will clean them, they enter their territory, which becomes the ?cleaning station?. Outside this station fish wait for their turn to be cleaned. It is basically a mutual association, where the shrimp will attain some meaty foods for themselves while cleaning. The Fire Shrimp brilliantly performs as a cleaner for removing the ectoparasites or dead skin from fishes. It mainly dwells near a cave or crevices, therefore it is suggested to keep some live rocks in your aquarium to provide them a natural environment. As it grows, the Fire Shrimp undergoes a molting process, during which it becomes reclusive and hardly can be seen outside its place. It is an active swimmer and a very good scavenger. The Fire Shrimp can breed in captivity and some advanced reef tankers or aquarists have experienced the same by isolating and raising those larvae. Though being a peaceful aquarium inhabitant, the Fire Shrimp will chase away other similar looking shrimps and can be territorial. Once they are paired, the shrimps are continual breeders and will spawn in captivity. It features paddle like back legs which are called as swimmerets and are found on their abdomens which help them swim fast. The female shrimp carry their eggs on these swimmerets.
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The Blood Red Fire Shrimp is a very popular shrimp because of its stunning color. These shrimp are a deep red, with white antennae and white spots on their body.In nature, these shrimp set up large cleaning stations on the reef where fish will come to have parasites picked from their skin. The Blood Shrimp gladly provides this valuable service to even the fiercest predators. Blood Shrimp are often found lingering around an Eel's hole where it will clean the face of the eel when it sticks its head out.In the home aquarium, these shrimp prefer lots of rockwork to hide in, but will also provide cleaning services for their fellow aquarium inhabitants. This can be very helpful in preventing diseases like Ick.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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