Will you put these lovely creatures in a tank or will you serve these for dinner?
Shrimps are found widely around the world in both fresh and salt water. Shrimps are widely caught and farm for consumption. Shrimps are also becoming popular as aquatic pets. Here are some beautiful species of shrimps for your aquarium.
1. Harlequin Shrimp
This shrimp is not just beautiful but also unique in appearance amongst shrimps. This colorful creature named Hymenocera picta is a very popular for aquariums. This pretty aquatic creature is found in the Indian Ocean and dwells in coral reefs, where it lives on a diet of starfish. It also has unusual front legs that are shaped like paddles. Harlequin shrimps only grow up to 2 inches.
A Harlequin Shrimp is completely reef safe, but should not be kept by beginners. Its diet is solely star fish. It will not harm any other tank inhabitants. It will hide most of the time until a star fish is added to the tank. It can over power its prey even at 10 times their size. Its front legs act as a pseudo needle type projection that temporarily paralyzes the prey, enabling the shrimp to flip them over and carry them off. This is a vicious little shrimp, as it consumes starfish alive. The harlequin will keep the starfish alive by feeding on it for about a week, until it is all eaten up. Considering this, it is difficult to keep a constant food supply for this pet.
This lovely-looking marine animal is also commonly known as Dancing Shrimp, Clown Shrimp and Painted Shrimp.
2. Zebra Mantis Shrimp
Your aquarium will surely look beautiful with this brightly colored species of mantis shrimp found across the Indo-Pacific area is called Lysiosquillina maculate. It is commonly known as the Zebra Mantis Shrimp or Striped Mantis Shrimp. This pretty shrimp is the “world’s largest mantis shrimp” which can grow up to 40 cm.
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