Banded Coral Shrimp

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The Banded Coral Shrimp captivates aquarists with its striking red and white bands, complemented by long white antennae and pinchers. While they can be aggressive towards other shrimp of their species and smaller shrimp, they typically live peacefully with fish, corals, and other invertebrates in an aquarium. It’s advisable to keep them either individually or in mated pairs to avoid aggressive behavior.

During molting, these shrimp often hide among reef rocks for a day or two. Therefore, it’s important to provide enough space in the aquarium to allow free movement without their antennae touching corals or anemones.

The Banded Coral Shrimp is relatively small, usually not exceeding 3 inches in body length, or 6 inches including the antennae, making it suitable for most aquarium sizes. Males are generally smaller than females.

Sensitive to high levels of copper or nitrates, they require the right iodine concentration for successful molting. Careful acclimation is necessary to avoid pH or salinity shocks.

In the wild, these shrimps scavenge for food, but in aquariums, they readily accept various frozen and flaked foods.

Inverts: Allow 3-4 days for collection
Fish: Allow 5-10 days for collection


Scientific Name

Stenopus hispidus

Origin Caribbean
Max Size 5″
Family Stenopodidae
Provider Keys Marine Life Direct

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