Care The diminutive Sexy Shrimps have gained their light-hearted common name from the way they sway and vibrate their abdomen when walking. When at rest, they arch their abdomen and tail up towards the head.
These peaceful shrimps commonly live symbiotically on various large anemones in the Indo-Pacific, and specifically the carpet anemone Stichodactyla helianthus in the Caribbean. Usually, several Sexy shrimp for sale these gregarious shrimps live on each host anemone, but some have been known to house as many as 20 individuals. Sexy Shrimps are found in shallow waters, from 0. In the home aquarium, they should always be kept in groups of 3 or more, and a host anemone or another of their preferred sessile invertebrate hosts, see below should be provided.
Some Sexy Shrimps will even take up residence amongst the tentacles of some Zoanthus and Ricordia species as well as Frogspawn Coral Euphyllia sp. Tankmates should be chosen very carefully to ensure that these tiny shrimps are not viewed as food — companions must also be small and peaceful, and preferably not occupy the same niche.
As these tiny shrimp are among the smallest of available aquarium invertebrates, their petite size can bring out the predatory nature in many otherwise well-behaved fish, so be very cautious when housing with any damselfishes, gobies, small wrasses etc. Be aware that other crustaceans - particularly some of the larger shrimp species - may also pose a threat. Sexy shrimp for sale clownfish, such as the Clarkii Clown Amphiprion clarkiiwill not tolerate them sharing the same anemone, and must be avoided.
Acclimatise your Sexy Shrimps slowly and carefully, preferably using the drip method or a Maidenhead Aquatics Fintro. As with other invertebrates, do not use copper-based medications if you have Sexy Shrimp in the tank. As these shrimp grow, they will moult every now and again, and you may find their exoskeletons in the tank.
They are quite vulnerable for a few days once they have shed their exoskeleton, and may hide away until the new shell hardens. However, they never normally venture more than a few cm from their host anemone. Excellent water quality is required at all times — these shrimps will not tolerate an elevated nitrate level.
Feeding Carnivorous - will eat most meaty aquarium foods.