Species Name : Alpheus Bellulus
Care Level : Easy
Temperament : Peaceful
Color : Red, White
Diet : Carnivore
Reef Compatible : Yes
Water Conditions : 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size : 3"
Origin : Eastern Asia, Sri Lanka
Family : Alpheidae
Supplements : Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements
The Tiger Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus Bellulus) belongs to the family of snapping shrimp. The Tiger Pistol Shrimp is also known as the Symbiosis Shrimp, Snapping Shrimp, and Tiger Snapping Shrimp.
The Tiger Pistol Shrimp is one of the most popular pistol shrimp in the marine aquarium hobby as it has a peaceful temperament, is inexpensive and does not require complicated care.
The Tiger Pistol Shrimp can grow to a size up to 4 to 5 cm, not including antennae. The body is stout and opaque. The coloration of its body is tan with red broken stripes going across the back. The Tiger Pistol Shrimp has a specialized claw that creates a loud clicking noise when it is open or closed. The Tiger Pistol Shrimp uses this claw to ward off predators and knock over potential prey.
Tiger Snapping Shrimp thrive in environments with sand, rock caves, and dim light. Tiger Pistol Shrimp constantly move the substrate around scavenging for food, which makes them excellent sand sifters.
The Tiger Pistol Shrimp has a symbiotic relationship with some gobies such as the Watchman Goby, Orange Spotted Goby, Yasha Goby, Randall’s Shrimp Goby, Pinkbar Goby, and the Hi-Fin Banded Goby. It is preferred that you never purchase a “shrimp goby” without its corresponding shrimp, and likewise with the Tiger Pistol Shrimp.
These shrimp need a correct level of iodine in the water to promote molting. They are very intolerant of high nitrates and copper, so do not use copper based medications.
It can be fed many common foods given to aquarium shrimps, such as flakes, pellets, and most frozen foods, and will generally take prepared foods with no training required.
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