If you wish to keep aquarium cleaner shrimp then skunk cleaner shrimp and peppermint shrimp are two shrimp species you can choose for your tank. Peppermint shrimp is similar looking species like cherry shrimp. Though they look similar to red cherry shrimp but have translucent redish body that makes it is easy for you to identify.Peppermint shrimp is available easily in aquarium trade and they’re sold at price 8$-10$ in most of the aquarium shops.
The Peppermint Shrimp Profile
Scientific Name : Lysmata wurdemanni
Size : 5 cm
pH : 8.1 – 8.4
Carbonate Hardness: 8 – 12° dKH
Temperature : 25°C – 28°C
Tank Size : 38 liters or more
Region: Caribbean, East Atlantic, Florida
Life span : 2 years or more
The Peppermint shrimp is also known as the Caribbean Cleaner Shrimp or Candy Cane shrimp. There is not much of care you need to take if you wish to keep them in your saltwater tank. They’ll fit fine with most of the peaceful fishes. Like ghost shrimp they also release exo-skeleton and this process is known as molting. If you’ve ph test kit then you can use moderate amount of iodine in the tank to help the molting process.
Breeding: They’re Hermaphrodites type and it is possible to breed them in captivity but requires a lot of care if you’ve other invertebrates and other fishes in the tank. If you can separate the larvae and raise them in quarantine tank then it’s possible to breed them
Food: The peppermint shrimp is known for eating aiptasia and because of this reason fish farmers use this shrimp species to clean their tank from aiptasia which is considered as pest in the aquarium tank. Other than aiptasia these shrimps will eat almost anything that is leftover in the tank like uneaten foods and detritus. They also eat hair algae in the tank but are not considered as efficient cleaner like skunk cleaner shrimp. In comparison to other fishes peppermint shrimp requires food at regular interval so you can feed them blood worms, flakes regularly. You can give them sinking shrimp pellet or sinking tiny fresh fish regularly.
Behavior: They’re bottom dwellers and you can spot them easily near live rock and other hiding places they can think of in the tank. They’re territorial in nature and will take on other shrimps and even sometimes attacks clams, coral within their territory. So avoid placing them in the tank with other invertebrates but they’ll just do fine with their own species. There are some mixed experience from the peppermint shrimp keepers and because of this you’ll hear different stories of their behavior.
They’re inexpensive and if your tank is having aiptasia problem then adding them in the tank will definitely solve it. They’re easy to take care of so you don’t have to pay much attention to them.