The Peppermint Shrimp is best known for its capability to clear out the pest anemone Aiptasia or ?glass" anemone. It therefore helps in cleaning out the aquarium from unnecessary pests, also known as Veined Shrimp and Caribbean Cleaner Shrimp. It attributes a beautiful sleek body, and with its unconventional and vivid body shape, it makes the aquarium captivating to the viewers. The body of the Peppermint shrimp is usually light pink to red in color, and has darker small red stripes. It is mainly found in tropical western Atlantic, and is considered completely reef safe. The Peppermint shrimp are mostly nocturnal and reclusive in nature, which makes it very safe to keep in your aquarium as it won?t bother other tank inhabitants. They are very social and peaceful towards most reef inhabitants. It belongs to the class Crustacea and order Decapoda, which is characterized by two pair of antennae, three body parts, and five pairs of legs. The Peppermint Shrimp features long stiff antennae through which it basically feeds, and tears apart with its pincers. It has extended eyes, and highly developed abdomens, which allows quick movement. The Peppermint Shrimp sheds its exoskeleton, which allows them to remove their restricting shell and begin a fresh new shell, and this process is known as ??molting??. It has four molts as a male before changing sexes to become a euhermaphrodite, as these tiny organisms are hermaphrodite. The Peppermint Shrimp are very vulnerable during molting and needs iodine supplement periodically, which help them shed their exoskeleton. Thus, the little Peppermint Shrimp has all the attributes, which will make your aquarium endearing to watch.
The Peppermint Shrimp is a very popular shrimp because of its desire to eat nuisance glass anemones (Aiptasia). The body of the Peppermint shrimp is fairly transparent with red stripes that run parallel along their body. These Shrimp are very easy to care for and prefer to be kept in groups. They should be fed daily and will not harm other shrimp. Peppermint Shrimp grow very quickly and will molt regularily. These Shrimp have been known to spawn in aquariums. They are a great addition to any 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.