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Pistol Shrimp - Alphedae

Pistol Shrimp - Alphedae

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Pistol Shrimp are also known as Snapping Shrimp from the Carabbean and are easy to care for and dorm symbiotic relationships with a variety of fish and anemones.

Category Invertebrate
Care Easy
Diet Omnivore
Maximum Size 2 Inches
Origin Florida
Supplements Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine
Water Condition 72-78 F, dkh 8-12, PH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Water Flow Normal
Light Normal
Reef Compatible Yes
Compatibility See Chart 


Pistol Shrimp also known as Snapping Shrimp may form a symbiotic relationship with Anemones. It is found in a variety of colors and sizes. Snapping Shrimp are not easily sexed, but the males of many species are thought to have a larger pincher. The sound it makes comes from an appendage on the pincher which moves when the pincher is opened or closed and water is ejected. It is not harmful and will not pose any threat in the tank, with the possible exception of smaller shrimp.

Pistol shrimp form a beneficial relationship the with gobies, anemones, sponges or corals. The shrimp share its food with other species.

It is beneficial to the tank as it churns the sand. It thrives in environments with sand, rock caves, and dim light. If in pairs, one will often stand guard at the burrow while the other is inside. The Pistol Shrimp is intolerant of copper or high nitrate levels, but needs a correct level of iodine in the water to promote proper molting.

Pistol Shrimp will accept freeze-dried and frozen foods and bottom feeder tablets, as well as scavenge for algae in the aquarium.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 2"