Cleaner Shrimp - Africa

Cleaner Shrimp - Africa

Lysmata amboinensis


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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Indian Ocean
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Reef Safe: Yes
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Lighting: ~
Placement: ~
Waterflow: ~
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.


These guys are great they clean up all my fish daily.I now have 4 of these guys in my 110 gallon reef tank.Great addition to tank.


Reviewed by: Raymond Schrefel on Oct. 2, 2017

It was good while the shrimp was around.. My angels, tangs etc would go by the shrimp namely to be receive services from the shrimp. It has been a few days now and I have not seen the shrimp. Hiding (in the crevices) or dead? Cant tell.


Reviewed by: Esther Murphy on Sept. 27, 2017

Great addition to my tank. Have had various cleaner shrimp, from very adventurous to shy. Recent occupant is very shy. Enjoy when they shed their shell. Fantastic to watch.


Reviewed by: Jim Fisher on July 10, 2017

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