Coral Banded Shrimp are quite common in aquarium trade and many saltwater tank keeper prefers to buy coral banded shrimp. Like cleaner shrimp, ghost shrimp they also undergo molting process and periodically release their exo-skeleton. Moreover if they lose any arm or claws they’ll regenerate it during molting process this is interesting to observe. They don’t prefer aiptasia but they’re known for algae and other cleaning service in the tank. Some aquarist note that they even clean some fishes sometimes.
Coral Band Shrimp Profile:
- Scientific Name : Stenopus hispidus
- Size : 5 cm
- Tank Size : 30 gallon or more
- pH : 8.0 – 8.4
- Temperature : 24°C – 27°C
- Carbonate Hardness : 8 – 12° dKH
- Life span : 2-3 years or more
- Region: Indo-Pacific
Coral Band Shrimp | Credit: cieebonaire.org
Coral banded shrimp is also known as Barber Pole Shrimp, Banded Boxer Shrimp,Banded Cleaner Shrimp. They’re one of the popular shrimp species exported in aquarium trade. Like peppermint shrimp they’re also susceptible to fish medicine and because of this it is recommended that you should isolate them when you add medicine in the tank. While adding them into the tank you should acclimate them for over a period of half hour or so to avoid ph shock.
Breeding: The male is smaller in size and the female has bluish ovaries and that makes it easy to differentiate between the two. They’re not known to breed in captivity but some aquarist report possibility of breeding in captivity if larvae are isolated in quarantine tank.
Behavior : They’re bottom dwellers and often hide near rocks and other hiding places. Some aquarist report that they’re inactive during day period but some report exact opposite of this and even find they’re active during daytime. Avoid placing them with lionfish, eel,triggerfish and other aggressive species in the saltwater tank. You can keep them with peaceful or semi-aggressive fishes. Also avoid mixing them with other shrimp species like peppermint shrimp,cherry shrimp cause they’re territorial and often attack other shrimps. You can either keep a pair or single coral band shrimp.
Food: They’re omnivorous in nature and will accept variety of food type. You can give them flake food, frozen flakes and live food. If you’ve faster fishes or large number of fishes in the tank then in that case you can use stick to drop the food near the area where they’re hiding as this will make it easy for them to eat. They’ll often steal food from anemones and corals.
If you’re placing them with other invertebrates then you’ll find aggression with these species of shrimp but otherwise there is not much of issue with this type of shrimp. There are mixed opinion about coral banded shrimp for being reef tank compatible so all you can do is try and check. They’re easily available in most of the aquarium shops and you can purchase them at rate about 8-15$. If you’re looking for cleaner shrimp for your reef tank then coral banded shrimp is good addition.