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Coral Banded Shrimp

Stenopus hispidus

How to Care for Coral Banded Shrimp

written by Dave Burr

Coral Banded Shrimp are a hardy aquarium species that are usually spotted lurking in the shadows. They come out at feeding time to collect any scraps of food missed by the fish. Supplemental feeding is usually not required as long as there are some leftovers for the shrimp to eat. Multiple individuals will usually fight unless kept as a mated pair.

Predators: Triggers, larger Hawkfish, Groupers, Lionfish, and large predatory Wrasses may eat Coral Banded Shrimp. They are best kept with smaller reef safe fish.

Growth: Maintaining proper pH, Ca, Alk, & Mg levels is important for shrimp. Providing additions of iodine will help the shrimp to molt and grow.

Acclimation: Take the time to do a drip acclimation with any shrimp as they do not tolerate rapid changes in water chemistry very well.

Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: Yes
Diet: Carnivore
Range: Indo-Pacific, Hawaii, Caribbean, Sri Lanka
Family: Stenopodidae
Water Conditions: 75-80° F; sg 1.024-1.026 (1.025 is ideal); pH 8.1-8.4 Ca 420-440 ppm, Alk 8-9.5 dKH, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates < .10ppm

Water Chemistry: It is important that proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) are maintained. Raising magnesium levels gradually up to 1400-1600 ppm can help to combat algae outbreaks, just keep CA and Alk in line as you raise the Mg. Nitrates should be below 10 ppm and phosphates should be below .10 ppm. We recommend doing a water change when Nitrate levels rise to 10 ppm. It is important to replace your phosphate media when phosphates rise to .10 ppm. Media Reactors make the most efficient use of your phosphate media by fluidizing it.

Dosing: Vivid Aquariums uses and recommends dosing pumps to automate the dosing of additives and keep your levels more constant. A dosing pump can alleviate the chore of manually dosing your aquarium with Ca, Alk, & Mg 2,3, or 4 times per week and will benefit your aquarium by keeping your levels constant through frequent small additions of Ca, Alk, & Mg. Our tanks all progressed when we switched from 3 manual dosings per week to 70 automatic dosings per week and we got a lot more work done.

Feeding: Offer the Coral Banded Shrimp small pieces of meaty foods.