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The Coral Banded Shrimp, Stenopus hispicus, features a striking red and white body with long white antennae and two muscular pincers. It can also be known as the Boxing Shrimp for its propensity to hit its prey with those large claws. The Coral Banded Shrimp should not be housed with members of its own species unless they are a mated pair. They may also become aggressive towards other Shrimp species and crustaceans such as Hermit Crabs or Snails, therefor caution is advised when adding this Shrimp to your tank.
The Coral Banded Shrimp can be sensitive to water quality so it is recommended you keep your water in pristine shape. They prefer tanks with plenty of live rock to provide hiding places to search for prey. Target feeding them a carnivorous diet consisting of chopped meaty preparations is suggested, as it can deter them from hunting tank mates.
They will often shed their entire exoskeleton in a process called molting while they are growing. Often times they may lose their claws or legs during transit, but will grow them back when they molt. Overall, the Coral Banded Shrimp is a staple in the home aquarium for being very hardy, as well as its unique and beautiful appearance and ability to eat pesky bristle worms and flat worms.
the coral banded shrimp is better than expected. he is larger than stated and we were very pleased with him.
I thought this guy was a goner when I saw whiskers in a pile on the gravel, but he just molted. He hides a lot but I think he's just trying to find a spot that hasn't been claimed by the damsels. Good luck my friend.
What a beauty this one was, large and active! Bought it on sale for only 9.99 and it has added 25 bucks worth of color and action to my tank! It even has molted already and the colors are better than ever.