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Candy Pistol Shrimp
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Candy Pistol Shrimp

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Candy Cane Pistol Shrimp also known as the Red White Pistol Shrimp, Red Banded Pistol Shrimp or Snapping Shrimp are beneficial shrimp will constantly move gravel making them excellent sand stirrers in the reef aquarium, as well as scavenging any uneaten food. The sound it makes comes from an appendage on the pincher which moves when the pincher is opened or closed and water is ejected.
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The Candy Cane Pistol Shrimp and its cousins all have a unique left pincher. The pincher is modified to produce a loud sound and stream of water whenever it is opened or closed. In the aquarium, it sounds like a loud clicking noise. Startling for the aquarist, it uses this skill in the wild to warn away predators and to knock down prey.

The Candy Pistol Shrimp and its mate will usually reside in a burrow of sand or mud, often with one of the Shrimp Gobies of the genera Amblyeleotris or Stonogobiops. The goby's superior eyesight also gives it advance warning of any predators. They also tend to share some of each other's food. While the shrimp are in the burrow, you will usually only see one of them "standing guard" at any one time. Under the cover of darkness it is likely to forage, occasionally preying on tiny shrimp. Otherwise, it will subsist on meaty foods and bottom feeder tablets in the aquarium.

They are intolerant of copper or high nitrates, but will require a correct iodine level in the water for proper molting.

Minimum Aquarium Size

50 L

Max Size

5 cm

Reef Safe

Yes

Temperament

Peaceful

Diet

Carnivore

Care

Easy

Origin

Indo-Pacific

Venomous

No

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