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Peppermint Shrimp

The Peppermint Shrimp a very common shrimp in the marine industry just just due to its eye catching colouration of articulate red and white lines over its nearly transparent body, but because of its unusual behaviour of eating aiptasia. 

Requirements
This amazing shrimp must be housed correctly, and to do so it will require a aquarium with a live rock forming caves and holes to which the shrimp can hide in and also have open areas to scavenge in. Additionally, it is important to note that though this shrimp can also be successfully bred in the home aquarium in the correct conditions. 

Suggestions
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. 

Feeding
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. 

STATISTICS
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size: 2"
Colour Form: Red
Diet: Carnivore
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Family: Hippolytidae
 
 

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Easy to Care For
2
Easy to Feed
2
Peaceful with Others
2
Reef Safe
2
Average
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  1. My Peppermint Shrimp doesn’t like the light much. He dug out a cave under my live rock and spends most of his time there with one of his antennae sticking out. Great little guy – he even eats from my hand.

  2. Peppermint Shrimp work very well to help eliminate aiptasia. I tried other things first, but adding these shrimp to my tank was the easiest and most successful solution by far.

  3. If your getting these for aiptasia control I would recommend getting at least 2, they’re reef-safe, and it will get along fine with any other shrimps in your tank. You will probably have a couple of people say no, they’re not reef-safe, they saw one pick at their zoas once, blah blah….in all the years I’ve been in this hobby, I’ve never, ever, seen one pick on a coral. I think they’re probably the best method for aiptasia control. Once the aiptasia are gone, they’ll just eat leftover food in the tank, or you can target feed them every now and then.

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