Peppermint Shrimp

Species information for the Peppermint Shrimp, in the Shrimp category.

  1. Scientific name - Lysmata wurdemanni complex

    Family – Hippolytidae

    Common name – Peppermint Shrimp

    Range - Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, Western Atlantic

    Max Size – 2 in (6 cm)

    Care Level – Easy

    Temperament – Peaceful

    Foods and feeding – This shrimp will scavenge food from the aquarium, but will appreciate small treats of meaty bits.

    Supplements - Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements

    Aquarium suitability -

    Reef compatibility – Yes

    Captive care – This shrimp is famous for its ability to eat aiptasia or glass anemones. However it will not eat large one, you will have to kill those by hand. Also not every peppermint will eat aiptasia, so it is best to get several. You can increase your odds of them eating the aiptasia by not feeding them. They are a great addition to an aquarium, but they are mostly nocturnal and you wont see them during the day. Like all invertebrates, they are extremely sensitive to nitrates and copper, and should only be kept in aquariums with pristine water conditions.

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    Last edited: May 2, 2011
    little_fish, Jan 17, 2011