The Japanese Snapping Shrimp may also be called the Red Snapping Shrimp, and originates from Sri Lanka. Their body is bright red in coloration, and is marked with several white spots. The base of the tail and the claws are also banded in white. These beneficial shrimp will constantly move gravel making them excellent sand stirrers in the reef aquarium, as well as scavenging any uneaten food.
The sound it makes comes from an appendage on the pincher which moves when the pincher is opened or closed and water is ejected. The Snapping Shrimp can be easily confused with Mantis Shrimp if judged by sound only. Unlike the Mantis Shrimp, it is not harmful and will not pose any threat in the tank, with the possible exception of very small shrimp. They may form a symbiotic relationship with a shrimp goby if they are compatible.
Japanese Snapping Shrimp thrive in environments with sand, rock caves, and dim light. If in pairs, one will often stand guard at the burrow while the other is inside. The Snapping Shrimp are intolerant of copper or high nitrate levels, but need a correct level of iodine in the water to promote proper molting.
Snapping Shrimp will accept any meaty freeze-dried and frozen foods and bottom feeder tablets, as well as scavenge for algae in the aquarium.
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