Skunk cleaner shrimp is often preferred choice of aquarist because of their cleaning service in the tank. This shrimp eats parasites which is usually attached to small and big fishes. They’ll eat dead tissues and parasites on the skin of the fishes. You can keep them in multiple numbers in your saltwater or reef tank but just make sure you don’t put them in the tank with aggressive fishes like lionfish, hawkfish and triggerfish.
Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Profile:
- Scientific Name : Lysmata amboinensis
- Region: Indo-Pacific
- Size : 5cm
- Life span : 3 years or more
- pH : 8.1 – 8.4
- Carbonate Hardness : 8 – 12° dKH
- Tank Size : 30 gallon or more
- Temperature : 25°C – 28°C
Skunk cleaner fish doesn’t require much of care as they’ll be just fine if they’re acclimated slowly in the tank. Acclimate them to your aquarium water for hour or so then move them to quarantine tank before keeping them permanently. This is to avoid the ph shock that most of the shrimps face while adding in aquarium tank. They’re very hardy shrimp species and if you take care of them at during introducing into the tank you don’t need to care for them later.
Skunk cleaner shrimp leaves exo-skeleton often so don’t get panic if you see their skeleton on live rock or in other parts of aquarium. They do release exo-skeleton periodically so you can add iodine drops at regular interval as it helps them build exo-skeleton quicker. Consult your aquarium veteran before adding iodine level in your tank.
Breeding: It is possible to breed them in captivity so you can keep pair or group of skunk cleaner shrimp. They’re Hermaphrodites so they’ve both male and female organs.
Food: They’re omnivorous in nature and will prefer variety of food in the tank. You can give them frozen food, flakes, flake discs and worms.
Behavior : You’ll find them dwelling at the bottom of the tank. They’re usually seen near live rock and marine plants. They’ll often come close to fishes infected with parasite or having large dead tissues. They’ll chase other shrimp species like cherry shrimp, ghost shrimp cause they’re territorial in nature but there is not much of conflict observed. They’re peaceful type of shrimp species and are supposed to be kept in peaceful tank. If you’re keeping them in reef tank then make sure your corals are safe cause many times they’ll pick on corals in case they didn’t find food.
If you’re worried about parasite infection and other natural tank cleaning things then skunk cleaner shrimp is one good addition for your tank. It’s not much expensive cause you can buy a pair for 10$ or even less (depending on availability and region). It is one good long term cleaning addition to your saltwater tank.