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Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

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Skunk Cleaner Shrimp – Lysmata amboinensis

Care Level:  Easy

Diet:  Omnivore

Temperament:  Peaceful

Reef Safe:  Yes

Minimum Tank Size:  30 gallons

The Skunk Cleaner Shrimp is arguably the most sought after shrimp in the hobby today.  Aside from its magnificent colors of red and white, it will literally clean fish.  The Skunk Cleaner Shrimp will set up cleaning stations throughout the  tank and pick off parasites and dead skin.

These peaceful tank inhabitants can coexist with members of its own species and other shrimp as well with caution in larger tanks.  They are not particularly demanding although like all inverts they are intolerant of copper medications and high nitrate levels.  Skunk Cleaner Shrimp also need occasional iodine supplements for molting.

Use caution when choosing tank mates.  Do not place them in tanks with large and aggressive species such as Groupers, triggers, puffers or anything that can fit into its mouth.

Skunk Cleaners can be kept in aquariums as small as 30 gallons.  As with all shrimp, slow and steady drip acclimation is recommended.  The acclimation period should last for 1-2 hours.  This will help minimize PH shock.

This species can also breed in the home aquarium, however rearing the fry is difficult. Skunk Cleaner Shrimp will eat any meaty item and may even eat fish flakes and pellets.  Standard water parameters apply for the Skunk Cleaner.  Keep temperature between 72 and 78 degrees and the Alk between 8 and 11.5.  An acceptable PH is between 8.0-8.4 while maintaining  the specific gravity between 1.023-1.026.

related:  Fire Shrimp

 

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