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Tiger Pistol Shrimp - Alpheus bellulus - Small

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The Tiger Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus bellulus) is generally light overall with dark brown bands over its entire body and extending down the claws and legs. The legs may have more of a purplish or yellow color than the body.



Pistol shrimp get their name from the loud popping sound they can make by quickly opening or closing their specially adapted claws. This is used as a defense mechanism to frighten off would-be predators and, unlike the Mantis Shrimp they are sometimes confused with, they are harmless to most tankmates.



Pistol shrimp are scavengers and carnivores. They can be target-fed with small meaty foods occasionally but they will also feed on leftover food in the aquarium. They can be kept with most fish that will not prey on them but should not be kept with small shrimp or lobsters.



Watchman or Shrimpgobies often form symbiotic relationships with certain types of Pistol Shrimp. They will prepare a den and mutually occupy it, sharing food and maintenance duties, and the protection of the burrow. The interactions of this relationship is tremendously entertaining, and may be best enjoyed in a small species set-up.
Specifications
MPN
F93 0045 0220
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameTiger Pistol Shrimp - Small
Scientific NameAlpheus bellulus
OriginIndo-Pacific
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes, with caution
Community SafeYes
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
Max Size (in inches)3
Min Tank Size (in gallons)15
DietCarnivore, Scavenger
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
RestrictedYes
Internal Id
15343


State Restrictions
Alaska
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
California
Hawaii
Puerto Rico

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