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Coral Banded Shrimp: Stenopus hispidus

Introduction to the Coral Banded Shrimp The Stenopus hispidus, commonly known as Boxer Shrimp, Banded Cleaner Shrimp or Coral Banded Shrimp, is a popular and inexpensive invertebrate to add to your tank. Like some of the other common saltwater aquarium shrimp, you may find that this little fella will be shy and stay hidden among the rocks. If you do …

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Emerald crab

Emerald crab: a fine addition to any reef clean up crew The emerald crab, Mithraculus sculptus, is a quiet, shy and fun to watch member of the reef clean up crew (CUC). As the name implies, the emerald crab is green–but unlike the name–this crab does not shine like a jewel. Rather, the crab is perfectly camoflaged to blend in with the rockwork. …

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Nassarius snail

The nassarius snail, N. vibex, is a small member of the mollusk phylum and is a fairly common addition to the saltwater aquarium as part of the clean up crew. They are amusing to watch. By day, they bury themselves in the sand, with just a tiny periscope-like piece of flesh left sticking out of the tank. When you feed your fish, …

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Keeping the Fire Shrimp: Lysmata debelius

Introduction to keeping the blood red fire shrimp in a saltwater aquarium Scientifically known as Lysmata debelius, the Fire Shrimp has gained a lot of popularity and nicknames over time, because of its striking color. Breeders and hobbyists have called it: Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, Blood Red Fire Shrimp, Taiwan Fire Red, Cherry Red Shrimp or Red Fire Shrimp. Ideal habitat A …