Zanzibar Coral Banded Shrimp (Stenopus zanzibaricus)
Max Size: 2 1/2 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
The Gold Banded Coral Shrimp displays a stunning yellow body with white chelae and a striking red and white banded abdomen. As a member of the Stenopodidae family, it is often referred to as the "Boxing Shrimp" due to its impressive pinchers on the third set of legs, which it holds erect, resembling a boxer ready for action.
To ensure the well-being of the Gold Banded Coral Shrimp, provide ample space in the tank, allowing it to move freely without its long antennae touching neighboring corals or anemones. This species must be kept singularly or as a true mated pair since it is intolerant of others of the same species and may harass smaller shrimp of different kinds. Although relatively hardy, it requires slow acclimation using the Drip Method to prevent salinity and pH shock. High nitrates or copper levels should be avoided, while maintaining correct iodine levels to support proper molting.
Breeding the Gold Banded Coral Shrimp is often unsuccessful as the larvae tend to be destroyed by filtration and skimming.
In its natural habitat, the Gold Banded Coral Shrimp feeds on parasites, removes dead tissue from fish, and consumes various tiny organisms. In the home aquarium, it readily accepts a diverse diet, including flaked and frozen foods, plankton, and meaty items. Additionally, this shrimp species proves to be effective in controlling bristleworm populations in reef aquariums, making it a valuable asset in pest management.