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Pistol Shrimp - Caribbean
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Pistol Shrimp - Caribbean
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Size:11 inch +
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
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The Pistol Shrimp is a very interesting creature which is blessed with a deadly weapon, therefore it is named appropriately. It is capable of shooting supersonic blasts from their ?pistol? with enough force to stun or kill the prey instantly. One of its claws is strangely shaped and is much larger than the other. This claw shuts, shoots a jet of water out at such a high speed that it actually vaporizes the water, which causes small bubbles. This bubbles collapses with enough force and sends concussive shockwaves that is capable of stunning and incapacitating the prey. These blasts can also be heard from a great distances and often used to communicate with other pistol shrimps. Also, the Pistol Shrimp allows goby fish to live with it symbiotically. The Pistol Shrimp basically serves as guard dog, protecting the shrimp from bigger predators, and in return the Pistol Shrimp works hard to keep the burrow clean. To establish such relationship in your aquarium, you must have well made aquarium with not less than 10 gallons and live rocks along with non-aggressive inhabitants. The Pistol Shrimp loves to burrow into sand, mud, and gravel with their front claws, therefore keeping a thick sand bed is required. It accepts flake, pellet or frozen fare and is not finicky when it comes to feeding. The Pistol Shrimp is considered reef safe if fed properly in nano reef tank. The Pistol Shrimp is easy to maintain and care for, thus makes a good choice for a beginner aquarist.
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.The Caribbean Pistol Shrimp, a.k.a. Snapping Shrimp, comes in a number of different colors, but is usually colored in red or pink. They do very well in the home aquarium, but are often mistaken for Mantis Shrimp, because of their claw-snapping ability. The Caribbean Pistol Shrimp has one claw bigger than the other, which it pulls back and then snaps together at lighting speed producing a loud sound. In nature, this sound is used to stun its prey. These shrimp are peaceful towards other aquarium inhabitants and can be fed Flake or Meaty substances. The Pistol Shrimp may also take on a symbiotic relationship with many Goby species. They prefer lots of rockwork to hide and a sandbed in order to dig. 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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