Boxer Shrimp

Boxing Shrimp

The Boxing Shrimp is one of the most unique shrimps in the ocean due to its uncommon body shape and vibrant white and red bands across its body and not to mention its elongated pinchers. This shrimp will usually be scavenging the sand bed and live rock for meaty bits of food, and is a peaceful and great addition to a home aquarium. 

Relative to other shrimps, the Boxing Shrimp is hardy and can handle small fluctuations in water conditions and parameters. Though this shrimp can be found in the wild at lengths exceeding 4 inches, they will almost never be found above 3 inches in captivity. Additionally, though this shrimp can be housed in a relatively small aquarium, it should also be noted that it needs enough room to move around the tank without touching corals and anemones. 

It is important to note that this shrimp will not tolerate any copper medications and it will mostly kill it. Furthermore, another thing people forget is that in order to keep these shrimps healthy they will require the correct levels of iodine within the water in order to promote molting. 

This shrimp will usually be scavenging the sand bed and live rock for meaty bits of food. However, it should also be offered a diet of live, frozen and flaked foods. 

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size: 3"
Colour Form: Red, White
Diet: Carnivore
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Family: Stenopodidae
Origin: Caribbean, Cebu, Hawaii, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Sumatra

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe

  1. I have one of these little guys. He hides during the day, but as soon as that moon light comes on, he’s out and about. He absolutely LOVES pieces of Boxing Shrimp

  2. I have a pair of boxing shrimp which are lovely and get on great together and are peaceful to all my other fish. However, I wanted to add a cleaner shrimp and as soon as I did I would find that the boxing shrimps would kill it. So its probably best to keep these as the only shrimp in the tank.

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