Coral Banded Shrimp
Stenopus hispicus

The Coral Banded Shrimp is a longtime staple of the aquarium industry. These Shrimp are white in color with red bands along their body and claws. They have a rough texture to their exoskeleton and long white antennae. The Coral Banded is a great addition to tanks of 50 gallons or more. They enjoy being in full view and will spend the day looking for food -- specifically their desire to eat Bristle Worms and Flat Worms. They accept all foods and will not harm other shrimp or fish, unless provoked. Coral Banded Shrimp have a vigorous appetite and should be fed daily. They desire lots of rockwork to cruise around and perch. Keep only one per tank.

Shrimp belong to the Class Crustacea and Order Decapoda, which is characterized by two pair of antennae, three body parts, and five pairs of legs. The head of Shrimp is connected to the thorax and covered by a shell called carapace. The antennae of Shrimp are normally long and thin and serve the Shrimp as extended eyes. Shrimp have highly developed abdomens which allows for quick movement. In order for Shrimp to grow they need to shed their exoskeleton, a process called "molting", which allows them to remove their restricting shell and begin a new one. Often times in the home aquarium Shrimp will leave this translucent shell in full view so it can serve as a distraction while the Shrimp finds a hiding place and allows its new shell to harden.

Size: 1-2 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Flake, Meaty, Pellet, Worms
Origin: Caribbean
Acclimation Time: 1+ Hours

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