Pistol Shrimp

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

  1. Scientific name - Alpheus sp

    Family – Alpheidae

    Common name – Snapping, Pistol, Symbiotic Shrimp

    Range - Caribbean, Eastern Asia

    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 known for its symbiotic relationship with Amblyeleotris or Stonogobiops gobies. They also can make a popping sound with their claws, similar to a mantis. Some species of the Pistol shrimp also have symbiotic relationships with sponges, anemones, or corals. They prefer a tank with dimmer lighting and lots of live rock. 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