Tiger Pistol Shrimp - Alpheus bellulus - Large

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$36.99
SKU: 264923
Manufacturer: That Fish Place
MPN: F93 0045 0220
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This is a Restricted item and is not covered by our Arrive Alive 14-day Guarantee.Please see our Guarantee Policy and Restricted Species List for more information.

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

Specifications
Common NameTiger Pistol Shrimp - Large
Scientific NameAlpheus bellulus
pH Range8.0-8.4
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
Temperature Range75-82
OriginIndo-Pacific
DietCarnivore, Scavenger
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes, with caution
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)3
Min Tank Size (in gallons)15
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
RestrictedYes

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

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