Cleaner Shrimp - Africa

Cleaner Shrimp - Africa

Lysmata amboinensis

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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Reef Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 Gallons
Max Size: 3 inches
The Cleaner Shrimp  are larger shrimps and can be easily identified by the single white stripe down the back from head to tail, and flanked by two red stripes that terminate at its posterior region. the remaining body is orange in color with two white dots at the top edge, along with six white antennae. The Cleaner Shrimp, as the name suggests, is mainly known for its cleaning property, as it can clean parasites from fish and eels, and even the mouth of a large Grouper. The Cleaner Shrimp sheds its exoskeleton and undergo molting process. It does become very vulnerable and needs iodine supplement periodically which encourages them to shed their exoskeleton. They are very peaceful and can be kept with their own species and  they don?t harm other inhabitants. The Cleaner Shrimp 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 Cleaner Shrimp features long stiff antennae through which it feeds, catches, and tears apart with their pincers. It has extended eyes and highly developed abdomen which allows for quick movement.

The cleaner shrimp is doing great. I ordered small size so I could see it grow. No complaints. It's getting along well with my other fish.

Reviewed by: Goldenclaw on July 31, 2017

Great little guys. Entertaining to say the least. If you want shrimp in your tank you can't go wrong with these guys

Reviewed by: Donna Peveto on May 10, 2017

Very healthy and active

Reviewed by: Charles Robichaud on April 1, 2017

Arrived fine. Looks healthy. Mine's a hider, he never comes out. I do see his feelers snagging food out of the water column though, which is pretty entertaining.

Reviewed by: Don Tuleja on April 17, 2015

Great addition to clean up crew! Colorful and decorative addition to the tank community.

Reviewed by: Cesar Gutierrez on July 18, 2014

Awesome cleaner shrimp I purchased from - he is so active in the tank and very healthy. Very satisfied with my first purchase!

Reviewed by: Joe on July 10, 2014

I've had my cleaner shrimp for a couple months and he's healthy as can be. He's best friends with the Power Blue Tang, but diligently cleans all his tankmates whether they need it or not. He recently shed without difficulty. He spends most of his time beneath a large flat rock that sits about 3 inches above the sand. There's always a fish underneath there with him. This invert is a must have.

Reviewed by: Dawn C on Jan. 8, 2013

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