Fire Shrimp - Lysmata debelius
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Also known as: Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, Blood, Fire Shrimp
The Fire Shrimp has a red and white color. The Fire Shrimp may grow to 2 inches. Carnivore. It likes to eat meaty bits of seafood, and detritus. The Lysmata debelius is generally peaceful toward other tankmates. Many consider the Lysmata debelius a low-maintenance specimen. Not venomous. A shyer version of the Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, The Fire Shrimp may also set up a cleaning station. It does prefer, however, to hide in caves and overhangs and will forage for meaty bits after dark. These shrimp, if kept in pairs or more, will spawn in the tank.
Eggs will appear in the finlets under the carapace as a light green. Fry are difficult to raise but will feed the corals and fish in your aquarium. As the shrimp age they will tend to clean less and will wait for hand-outs. Can be trained to eat meaty offerings right from your fingers and will even offer a free manicure.. Some fish may harass or eat Fire Shrimps. These fish include Hawkfish, Groupers, Triggers, Squirrels, Lionfish and others. Keep water quality high (SG 1.023 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F). The Fire Shrimp is commonly collected from Indo-Pacific.
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