Red Banded Coral Shrimp, Stenopus hispidus, is the classic banded coral
shrimp found throughout the tropics worldwide
Red Banded Coral Shrimp, Stenopus hispidus, is the
classic banded coral shrimp found throughout the tropics worldwide. These come from the Caribbean and are mid
sized (not tiny, not huge). Coral
shrimp are famous for setting up cleaning stations and cleaning parasites of
large fish that stop by for a cleaning.
It’s a popular misconception that the host fish will never eat them, but
they do seem to go where no shrimp has gone before. In an aquarium they will set up a cleaning station and attempt to
clean larger (and smaller) fish that venture by. They are not dependant of ectoparasites for food though, and will
actively feed on whatever you feed the other fish. They are a showy shrimp and tend to be out in the open much of
the time. Unless you have a mated pair
or a very large tank, it’s not recommended to keep more than one per tank
because they will fight with each other.
Other shrimp of different species seem to get along fine with coral
Coral shrimp do not pick art corals or any other
invertebrates and are considered reef safe.