Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)
Dive into the underwater world with the charismatic Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp! With its striking bright red body adorned with a pristine white stripe running from its head to its tail, the Lysmata amboinensis is not only a visual delight but also plays an indispensable role in the marine environment.
Basic Care Requirements:
- Tank Size: A minimum of 20 gallons is ideal for a single shrimp, with an additional 10 gallons for every additional shrimp.
- Water Conditions: Maintain a water temperature between 72°F and 82°F, a pH level of 8.1-8.4, and specific gravity around 1.023-1.025.
- Diet: Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp are omnivorous. In captivity, their diet includes prepared foods like brine shrimp, frozen mysis, and other meaty fares. It's essential to provide a varied diet for optimal health.
- Molting: Like all crustaceans, they will molt periodically. This is a natural process where they shed their old exoskeleton to grow. Ensure they have plenty of hiding spots in the tank during this vulnerable period.
- Tank Mates: These shrimps are peaceful and can coexist with a variety of reef-safe fish and invertebrates. However, avoid housing them with aggressive or predatory species that might see them as food.
Natural Spa Attendants: In the wild, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp often set up "cleaning stations." Here, they wave their white antennae to signal to fish that they're open for business. Fish, understanding the signal, will approach and stay still, allowing the shrimp to clean parasites and dead tissue from their bodies. This symbiotic relationship not only gives the shrimp a meal but also keeps the fish healthy!
Currently two available, these have been with us for about a year now. Taking the tank down.