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Scarlet cleaner shrimp
Origin: Indian Ocean and South Pacific
Natural habitat: coral reef between 20 and 30m (66 to 100 feet) deep.
Hardly visible. Males' claws are larger than females.
200 L / 44 Imp Gal / 53 US Gal
then 1 / 100 L / 22 Imp Gal / 26 US Gal
T°: 25°C or 77°F
pH: 7.5 to 8.5
Density: 1022 to 1024
4 to 5cm (1.6 to 2")
5 to 7 years
How to feed the Fire shrimp?
Shrimps are detritivores, i.e. they will eat the rest of the fish meals. They will also help you to keep your aquarium clean. They are also scavengers and will work to clean your fish from parasites and dead skin. To do this, they install a real small cleaning station. However, they are less active in this area than Lysmata amboinensis.
Omnivorous, they are not difficult to feed and not very demanding in this respect. Make sure that they have enough food available and that they eat regularly.
What kind of behavior does the Fire shrimp have?
Of sociable temperament, this shrimp will like the presence of a fellow shrimp. It will therefore be less aggressive and feel reassured by this presence. Duo maintenance is most recommended. In large aquariums (from 300 liters), group maintenance can be considered.
More fearful than its cousin the Lysmata amboinensis. It likes to remain hidden for long periods of time in the background, in a weak current. Moreover, it will protect its stronghold from other shrimp. Create many hiding places and caves among the rocks to satisfy this instinct!
Who can live with the Fire shrimp?
Particularly appreciated by fish from which it obtains immunity. No problem of cohabitation is to be reported.
How to breed the Fire shrimp?
Unknown in amateur aquariums (the larvae have a mortality rate close to 100% during their evolution).
Which aquarium for the Fire shrimp?
A reef aquarium is ideal for the maintenance of this beautiful shrimp. It will be able to evolve without damage among corals and anemones.
Provide shade and hiding places to make your shrimp feel more secure.
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Even if a series of white dots always stand out against the bright red background of its colour, its coloration varies according to its geographical area of origin:
- Maldives: white dots on the abdomen.
- Indonesia: white dots only on the head.
Like all shrimp, this species is sensitive to variations in water parameters (especially for sudden changes in density), copper-based treatments...
Its name "debelius" is a tribute to the German diver who discovered it: Helmut Debelius.
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