Peppermint Shrimp

Peppermint Shrimp

Lysmata wurdemanni


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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Reef Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 Gallons
Max Size: 2 inches
The Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni, also known as Veined Shrimp and the Caribbean Cleaner Shrimp, is a staple in the marine aquarium industry. They are proficient eliminators of pesty Aiptasia making them highly useful and desirable. Featuring a sleek light pink body with small red stripes, the Peppermint Shrimp are completely reef safe and reclusive in nature. Found mostly in the Atlantic Ocean, the Peppermint Shrimp has extended eyes and a pair on antennae that it uses to avoid predation. These shrimp will often completely shed their exoskeleton, called molting - this is not unusual behavior. Overall, the Peppermint Shrimp is one of the most useful and popular shrimp species out there due to its incredible ease of care and beneficial nature in the home aquarium. 

I treated my tank for Aiptasia and then Purchased the shrimp to keep them away. So if it was the treatment or the shrimp keeping them away I am happy. and it is much more active around the tank.


Reviewed by: Jerry Ebner Jr on Sept. 26, 2017

Picked up 2 peppermint shrimp, both doing great, swaying under a shoal, grabbing bits of food. I see them mostly as lights are dimming in the evening.


Reviewed by: Jeff Cergnul on Sept. 4, 2017

These guys really do eat that stupid nuisance coral....you need 20 of them...I have a 125 gal and 3 have really done the trick....best investment ever


Reviewed by: Mel on April 3, 2017

Peppermint shrimp I love these guys too! They are active and are out and about looking for food. They are a necessary addition to my reef tank just by being themselves. Aren't bothered by my fish and don't bother anything else.


Reviewed by: Linda Steele on March 13, 2017

These little critters are great scavengers, they keep the sand clean from eating leftovers, and clean the rocks as well. Please note they are cooler water species!! And will certainly eat out of your hand. Love em, will be ordering more to help keep my pot belly seahorse tank clean!


Reviewed by: Stacy on Jan. 29, 2017

Came in good condition. 4 out of 5 survived. Adding rocks to the tank changed water condition, but they survived.


Reviewed by: Michael Joseph on June 14, 2016

Shrimp arrived in good shape and acclimated well. The aiptaisia population has not changed in a week, so I don't know whether they are eating the less obvious ones first, or not eating them at all. Time will tell.


Reviewed by: Bruce Blumberg on March 22, 2016

Great addition they have already started eating my aiptasia anemone


Reviewed by: Andrew Cookerly on July 9, 2015

Very hardy, easy keeper. Great little clean up guy for a reef tank. Sheds skin once in awhile, thought he had died!


Reviewed by: Lia Debettencourt on Nov. 27, 2014


Reviewed by: Barry Mccool Sr on Sept. 13, 2014

I wish this guy wouldn't hide so much but he is doing quite well.


Reviewed by: Geoff C on Sept. 1, 2014

These arrived all healthy and are thriving. Seems their favorite task is to steal food from the anemones and glide away on the current. Ever exploring and make excellent house cleaners. One wasn't so lucky - he became coral food. Always a night time treat to watch but they will come out anytime for brine shrimp.


Reviewed by: James Fullard on Aug. 23, 2014

Arrived live and well. My first order. In fact that very day of receipt I placed another order because I was so please with the healthy condition of every thing I received. Acclimation went off without a hitch and the shrimp seem to be thriving. Wonderful to watch them grab a meal as they swim throughout the tank.


Reviewed by: James Fullard on Aug. 14, 2014

Always looking for something to eat and when you tlook at them at night with the flashlight they are every wear and every tank needs them.


Reviewed by: Brian Depriest on Aug. 2, 2014

These guys are great about getting food scraps and cleaning rocks and sand but be careful. I've pulled them out of my tank becaus they have pulled apart my hammer coral and are known to tear apart other soft corals.


Reviewed by: Cameron Bates on Dec. 28, 2012

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