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Stenopus hispidus


 Stenopus hispidus (Coral Banded Boxing Shrimp)

Stenopus hispidus Olivier 1811, the Coral Banded Boxing Shrimp. Worldwide tropical distribution. Males smaller, more slender than females. Keep in reef settings with a cave of their own. May consume small fishes, other crustaceans. Eat most all meaty foods

Of the boxer shrimps, the Coral Banded Stenopus hispidus is a standard in the trade/hobby; but quite territorial. In a tank of your size, any other than a matched pair will seek out others for snacking. These are best purchased as a "mated pair", ideally being housed together as such at your dealers. Ditto for other boxer shrimp species.

Know also that these shrimp may "sample" your live corals as well as each other, that they cannot live on just what they "clean" from their fishy tank-mates, and that they won’t necessarily clean anybody (they’re picky about being "picky").

All Cleaner Shrimp species prefer subdued lighting, plenty of rocky cover, nooks and crannies, molt every 3-8 weeks normally, consume most all foods in addition to cleaning, and are sensitive to fast changes in water chemistry, particularly salinity...  New synthetic water should be pre-made, stored for a week and matched to their systems specific gravity. 

With the permission of Robert (Bob) Fenner webmaster of WetWebMedia (robertfenner@hotmail.com)

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