Alternative species (click on the thumbnail to see the card)
Ancylocaris brevicarpalis / hermitensis
Palaemonella amboinensis / aberrans
Periclimenes potina/ hermitensis
Peacock-tail anemone shrimp
Glass anemone shrimp
Origin: Indo-Pacific (Australia)
Biotope: reef shelf, up to more than 100 m (330 feet) in depth
Females are bigger than males
100 L / 22 imp gal / 26 US gal
T°: 24 à 26°C or 75 to 79°F
pH: 8 to 8.5
Density: 1025 to 1026
2 to 3 cm (0.8 to 1.2")
How to feed the Peacock-tail anemone shrimp?
This tiny crustacean feeds on small prey and particles that pass by. The host anemone can also serve as a pantry (it consumes the mucus of the anemone).
You can give them artemia from time to time. The host anemone will also benefit from the meals distributed to the anemone.
What kind of behavior does the Peacock-tail anemone shrimp have?
Peacock-tail anemone shrimp never leaves its refuge: it lives only within its anemone. It does not swim very well and prefers to move around by walking.
It prefers to live in a couple, so you will need as many anemones as there are couples in your aquarium. The larger the introduced group, the more the survival of its shrimp in a group aquarium is guaranteed (a single shrimp has no chance of surviving).
Who can live with the Peacock-tail anemone shrimp?
This small shrimp lives only in urticating anemones, especially in Cryptodendrum adhaesivum in the wild. In aquariums, it can live in all kinds of Actinodendron, Stichodactyla, Heteractis, Entacmaea or Stoichactis. It maintains a symbiotic relationship with these anemones, meaning that both the anemone and the shrimp benefit from living together: the anemone is maintained and cleaned, while the shrimp is protected from its predators.
Be careful with the maintenance of this small crustacean in a general aquarium because its predators are numerous. For example, cohabitation with mantis shrimp or falcon fish will inevitably result in the disappearance of the Peacock-tail anemone shrimp.
Finally, note that the larger the aquarium, the less you will see these small occupants.
How to breed the Peacock-tail anemone shrimp?
Unknown in captivity.
Which aquarium for the Peacock-tail anemone shrimp?
To begin with, the volume: count 100 L / 22 imp gal / 26 US gal at the start, then 50 additional liters (50 L / 11 Imp gal / 13 US gal) per couple of shrimp. This is due not to the shrimp itself, but to the anemones to which they are attached. Perfectly adapted to life in a reef aquarium.
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In nature, the host anemone is sometimes replaced by a sea cucumber!
uite fragile and delicate, its maintenance can be considered by aquarists who already have experience in marine aquariums.
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