Coral Banded Shrimp

Coral Banded Shrimp

Stenopus hispidus


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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Caribbean
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Reef Safe: Yes
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Monitor with other shrimp
Lighting: ~
Placement: ~
Waterflow: ~
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 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  ability to eat pesky bristle worms and flat worms.

Bought two of these as well as a royal dotty fish awhile back Not sure if from here or another store I frequent. I put the two of them in the same 40 gal reef tank but had to move one to my 30gal tank as one of them was losing claws from fighting with the other. Got to the point where one of them lost both claws but is whole again in other tank. Nice addition to my tanks. they don't bother other inhabitants of tank. I got these and fish to help keep down worm problem I was having.


Reviewed by: Phil on March 19, 2017

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