Fire Shrimp (Lysmata debelius)
Max Size: 2 inch
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
The Blood Red Fire Shrimp (Lysmata debelius), also known as Blood Shrimp, Fire Shrimp, or Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, holds a well-deserved spot as one of the most sought-after ornamental shrimp in the marine aquarium hobby. Its striking blood-red coloration adorned with brilliant white spots and long white antennae make it a captivating addition to any tank. Depending on its origin in the Indo-Pacific region, the Blood Red Fire Shrimp may exhibit white dots solely on its carapace or covering its entire body.
This fascinating shrimp is most active during the night and seeks a habitat with caves and overhangs, providing moderate lighting during the day. While the Blood Red Fire Shrimp can tolerate its mate, it tends to chase away or harass others of its kind, necessitating a spacious aquarium setup for multiple specimens. Generally peaceful with other organisms in the reef system, it becomes territorial if they encroach upon its space. Renowned for its role as a "cleaner shrimp," the Blood Red Fire Shrimp sets up cleaning stations and diligently removes dead tissue and parasites from fish that visit. Additionally, it scavenges for meaty bits along the substrate, often leaving only its antennae visible.
Like all invertebrates, the Blood Red Fire Shrimp is sensitive to copper and high nitrate levels in the aquarium. Ensuring proper iodine levels in the water is crucial to support its molting process.
To maintain a well-balanced diet, the Blood Red Fire Shrimp should be offered a variety of foods, including freeze-dried, live, or frozen options, as well as flaked foods. With appropriate care and attention, this vibrant shrimp can thrive and become a delightful centerpiece in your marine aquarium.