The Zanzibar Coral Banded Shrimp, Stenopus zanzibaricus
, features a striking red and white body with a yellow head, and long red antennae with two muscular pincers. It can also be known as the Boxing Shrimp for its propensity to hit its prey with those large claws. The Zanzibar 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 Zanzibar 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 Zanzibar Coral Banded Shrimp is a great addition to the home aquarium for being hardy, as well as its unique and beautiful appearance and ability to eat pesky bristle worms and flat worms.