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Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata Amboinensis) – Your Aquarium’s Personal Doctor

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Introduction

where can i buy fincar A cleaner and scavenger, the Skunk or Striped cleaner shrimp is a valuable species to add to your tank. In addition to the fish-cleaning service they offer, these shrimp have an attractive colouration that will brighten up your tank. They are renowned for their beneficial habit of cleaning parasites and dead skin off of fish (and your hand if you leave it near them long enough!). Their curious behaviour and mannerisms will entertain and provide something to watch besides the fish.

handel mit binär optionen If possible, at least one of these shrimp should be kept in every tank. They are priced very reasonably considering the service they offer, are very hardy and will live several years with minimal care. Of the commonly available shrimps, they will likely give you the greatest value. While some of the anemone and sexy shrimps can be intriguing, they are pain to observe because of their size. The cleaner shrimp is large enough to provide easy viewing while remaining small enough to live in almost any aquarium.

Keeping the Skunk Cleaner Shrimp in the Aquarium:

The Tank

miglior demo opzioni binarie in italiano A truly versatile species, the cleaner shrimp will thrive in almost size aquarium. A 35 litre aquarium should be considered the smallest size for a healthy specimen. These shrimp will do best in a tank in excess of 150 litres with an ample amount of fish to clean and leftover fish food to scavenge on. A group of shrimps makes a fascinating display but care should be taken to provide enough fish for them to clean.

Environment

conto demo trader binario Like most invertebrates, skunk cleaners are fairly laid-back on the matter of their environment (with the exception of an intolerance towards copper). Live rock and sand will naturally be preferred but artificial décor will suit their needs fine. Stinging corals should not be considered a threat; the skunk cleaner is usually wise about what it walks over. Certain anemones, particularly large carpet anemones, may pose a threat initially but the shrimp should be accustomed to their presence within a day.

forum opções binárias Once accustomed to its new home, the shrimp will soon establish a cleaning “station”. If provided, the shrimp will locate its “station” under an over-hang of rock or a cave. The shrimp will then spend most of its time at its new home waiting for fish to stop in front for a cleaning. When the rest of the tank is fed, you will likely see the shrimp wandering about locating uneaten food with its six antennae.

Compatibility

binära optioner forum Within a few moments, most fish will recognize these shrimp as helpful cleaners and not food. Even large fish that would usually feed on shrimp may let the shrimp clean them, sometimes going so far as to allow them inside their mouth to pick it clean. Predatory fish with a mouth large enough may attempt to eat the shrimp before they recognize their cleaning nature. If you predict this will be an issue, it is recommended that you wait to introduce the shrimp to the tank until the lights are out or the fish of concern are asleep.

Feeding

كتابة طلب If enough fish are present in the tank and there is consistently a small amount of uneaten food, the shrimp should have enough to eat without supplemental feeding. If, however, you are keeping the specimen alone or there are few fish in your aquarium, supplemental feeding will be necessary. Any ordinary, meat-based pellet or frozen food should suffice.

Filtration, Circulation, Heating and Lighting

iqoption opiniones The skunk cleaner shrimp has few specific needs and should thrive in any environment your other inhabitants require. Appropriately sized filtration of any kind will be fine. Any amount of circulation will be tolerated so long as there is a low-flow spot for the shrimp to set up the cleaning station (the fish need to be relatively still for the shrimp to clean them). A water temperature between 22 and 28 degrees Celsius is favoured with a 15 minute acclimation period to any new temperature being advised. Any lighting will be acceptable, so long as a normal day and night cycle is maintained.

Other Notes and Personal Experience

opzioni binarie optek If you place your hand in front of the shrimp’s cleaning station and keep it still, the shrimp will attempt to give your hand a cleaning. I do not know of any medicinal value but it is a fun experience and has a very peculiar feeling.
A healthy shrimp will molt every 1 to 2 months and leave its discarded exoskeleton somewhere in the tank. An addition of trace elements, calcium, and/or iodine during the molting process is useful if not already provided by the salt.
Under blue actinic lighting, the white strips and antennae on the shrimp may appear to glow
The shrimp will do a considerable job at keeping marine ich levels down in your aquarium. However, one should never consider adding one of these shrimp while an infestation of ich exists to be a cure-all of sorts. They will reduce the amount of ich on the fish, but other measures should be equally explored, remembering there may be copper present in a medicated tank.
Many fishes will not allow the shrimp to clean them of parasites. Much to my dismay, I have seen several fish contract ich and die before letting the shrimp near them. This is more commonly seen in fishes smaller than the cleaner shrimp.

About Eric Young

I am a full-time student studying marine aquaculture at New College of Florida. My passion for saltwater aquariums started when I was only 14 years old and I have been keeping them ever since. I have worked for three aquarium stores, bought and sold hundreds of different species of corals, inverts and fish and spent more than a healthy amount of hours researching online forums. I enjoy keeping challenging fish and corals. My favorite fish I've kept is the Clown Tang (Acanthurus Lineatus) and my favorite corals are Acropora.

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