Stenopus hispidus (Coral Banded Boxing Shrimp)
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
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.
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