Tiger Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus sp.)
Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Crustacea
Range: Tropical Seas
Size: 3 in. Space:: 10+ gal. Diet: Algae, copepods, detritus,shrimp
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: Pistol shrimp are nearly always associated with gobies on reefs. The goby protects the shrimp as the shrimp builds a tunnel for them both. Most pistol shrimp prefer dim light and have one claw larger than the other. The large claw is capable of making a clicking sound.
Husbandry: Most pistol shrimp do not live long without their symbiont goby. Several inches of sand and numerous hiding places should be provided for a pistol shrimp and its goby.
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