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The Fire Shrimp, Lysmata debelius, gets its name from its deep, blood-red coloration along with its brilliant white spots across is carapace and appendages. It is without question one of the most vibrant and attractive invertebrate species available. It is a cleaner shrimp that will remove necrotic tissue and parasites from fish. They will often form symbiotic relationships with these fish as the stuff they clean off of them make for a tasty meal.
Fire Shrimp are best kept in tanks with plenty of live rock to hide in. They will often swim openly in the water column and will frequently be combing live rock and substrate as scavengers. They can breed easily in captivity and some experienced aquarists can isolate those larvae and raise them into adulthood. Overall, the Fire Shrimp is just flat-out awesome. It looks so cool, is a beneficial tank member, and is easy to care for.
A stunning addition to any tank-a must have! This is a beautiful shrimp that requires zero effort. He will clean the tank and eat leftover food, etc. Even cleans the fish!
Can be a little shy, I have had some that stay hidden behind the rocks, rarely seen, while others have stayed front and center for fully enjoyment.
A word of caution for anyone who has an anenome, my Fire Shrimp killed two of them, constantly picking at them, stealing their food, and irritating them to death.
I had a small Melanurus Wrasse eat a large Fire Shrimp, so beware of that combination.
In the end, I have opted to have the Fire Shrimp instead of anemones, as they are that stunning. Well worth the expensive price.
Reviewed by: Brad B. on