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Fire Cleaner Shrimp - Lysmata debelius - Large

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The Fire Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata debelius) is blood red with white whiskers and an array of white dots across its shell. This shrimp species prefers cooler temperatures than the more common Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata ambionensis) and is best kept in a tank between 72 and 78 degrees.

"Cleaner" shrimp get their name from their habit of picking external parasites, dead scales and other irritants off of the surface of other fish. Some fish will actively seek out a cleaner shrimp to clean them while others can become irritates or stressed by the shrimp's "good intentions". Cleaner shrimp will also accept other foods like flakes, pellets, algae, and frozen meaty foods as well as whatever they scavenge from their tank (or tankmates).

Shrimp molt their hard outer skeleton to grow and it is not unusual to find an empty molt in an aquarium with shrimp. Shrimp also can molt under environmental stress such as water changes, rapid changes in conditions or during shipping. Always acclimate shrimp slowly to avoid sudden changes in their environment.

Crustaceans like shrimp need well-balanced minerals in their environment to form their shells, particularly iodine and calcium and low nitrate levels. Regular water changes with a quality salt mix are generally enough to replenish any minerals lost to normal environmental sources in the aquarium but supplements can be added to heavily stocked aquariums.

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Specifications
Common NameFire Cleaner Shrimp - Lg
Scientific NameLysmata debelius
pH Range8.0-8.4
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
OriginIndo-Pacific
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
Max Size (in inches)3
Min Tank Size (in gallons)30
DietOmnivore
Temperature Range72-78
RestrictedYes

State Restrictions
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