Peppermint Shrimp

The Peppermint Shrimp has a tendency to eat small polyps and thus may benefit the hobbyist who is plagued with a case of the pest anemone Aiptasia, which this shrimp will eat. They are nocturnal and reclusive and lives up to four years. The only special care needed is a cave or space in the rockwork for shelter. Aquarists may never see it once it is added to the tank. They have a pale white, yellow or amber body with numerous longitudinal stripes running from the front of the body to the end of the abdomen. Legs and body are pale orange; the legs have no yellow or white stripes. May change color significantly over a short time, depending on its physiological condition and stress state. Generally compatible for reef aquarium. They may take food from corals, sea anenomes and other slower creatures and may have a delerious effect on them. The will feed on most aquarium foods and they are efficient scavengers. (Credit - "Pocket Guide, Marine Invertebrates")

Scientific Name: Lysmata wurdemanni
Common Name(s): Peppermint Shrimp
Family: Hippolytidae
Care / Experience Level: Easy / Beginner
Coloration: Red, Pink
Reef Compatible: Yes
Disposition: Peaceful 
Minimum Tank Size (Gal): 10
Full Grown Size (inches): 1.5
Diet: Carnivore
Supplements: NA
Origin: Caribbean
Water Specific Gravity: 1.023-1.026 
Water Temperature (F): 72-78
Water pH: 8.1-8.4
Water dkH: 8-12

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