Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)

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Max Size: 2 inch
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

The Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) plays a vital role as the "medic" of any saltwater aquarium. This active cleaner takes up residence on live rock or coral outcroppings, eagerly awaiting fish to come for a thorough cleaning of ectoparasites or dead tissue. Its services are highly valued by many fish, to the extent that they allow the Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp to venture inside their mouths for cleaning without causing any harm. The popularity of this peaceful creature among home aquarists is easily understood, given its beneficial and fascinating behavior.

Distinguished by a pair of vibrant red stripes that border a single white stripe along its back, the Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp is sometimes referred to as the Red Skunk Cleaner Shrimp. These shrimp are often found in groups, congregating around live rock or coral in the aquarium. To ensure their well-being, it is essential to provide a suitable habitat and peaceful tankmates. It's worth noting that certain fish, like Hawkfish, Lionfish, predatory shrimp, or crabs, may view this member of the Hippolytidae family as potential food.

Like other invertebrates, the Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp is sensitive to copper-based medications, high nitrate levels, and fluctuations in water parameters. It's crucial to acclimate them slowly using the drip acclimation method before introducing them to the main aquarium system. Additionally, proper iodine supplementation is necessary to support molting and growth. For their diet, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp can be fed a variety of freeze-dried, frozen, and flake foods to supplement their cleaning activities.

The Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, also known as the Indo-Pacific White-Banded Cleaner Shrimp, Indo-Pacific White-Striped Cleaner Shrimp, Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, or Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, brings both practical benefits and a captivating presence to marine aquariums.