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Pistol Shrimp - Tiger
Alpheus bellulus
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Tank Stats
Size: .75 - 1.5 inch
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Meaty, Flake, Pellet
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 1+ hour
Coral Safe:
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:

The Pistol Shrimp is a very interesting creature which is blessed with a deadly weapon, therefore it is named aptly. It is capable of shooting supersonic blasts from their fingertips 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 a small bubble. This bubble 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, thus makes a good choice for a beginner aquarist.

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