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October 24: Arrival of New Fresh Water Fish.

October 24: Arrival of New Marine Water Fish.


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Painted Shrimp

Painted Shrimp

Scientific Name: Hippolysmata grabhami

Price: Upon Request

Origin: Indo-Pacific and throughout the Red Sea

Family: Hippolytidae


Other Names: Lysmata amboinensis, Cleaner Shrimp, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, ndo-Pacific White-Banded Cleaner Shrimp, Indo-Pacific White-Striped Cleaner Shrimp, Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp



Technical Info

Temperature: 22 - 26 ℃

pH: 8.1 - 8.4

GH: 8 - 12

SG: 1.020 - 1.025

Max size: 5 cm

Min Tank size: 110 Ltr

Position in Aqua: Bottom swimmer



The Painted Shrimp has a normal body structure for a shrimp. The shrimp commonly shows 4 white antennule and two longer white antennas that generally run over the head and backwards. The rostrum (nose) is generally red running into the white antennas. The carapace (upper body) and abdomen (lower/central body) are both an orange opaque coloration on the underbellies. Along the upper carapace and abdominal are a red coloration with a white stripe running down the center from rostrum to tail. The pereiopods (walking legs) are generally an orange/opaque coloration same as the underbelly. The pleopods (swimming legs) are commonly tucked under the shrimps belly and are also opaque in coloration. The white central line stops at the tail where the tail is completely red with 3-4 white spots on the tail.



Freeze dried, frozen, and flake foods.



Breeding of the shrimp is relatively hard. Establish a tank with 3-4 cleaner shrimp if size permits. Allow the cleaner shrimp to pair and to recess into the rocks to breed. The eggs are carried by the pair until ready to hatch. When the hatchlings are out is where most run into problems. Small size and difficulty of feeding often lead to a high mortality rate when breed by common aquarists.


Compatible with

For tank mates most non-aggressive fish will work. Do not keep the fish with any predatory species such as puffers, Volitans lionfish or most wrasse. They will not make it long in the tank. Common tank mates include damsels such as clowns, or angels, tangs, or butterflies.



Even hermaphrodites are monogamous. Scientists have discovered that whenever two or more Painted Shrimps are placed in the same tank, the two dominant specimens will kill off all other individuals until only a single pair remains.