Clown Mantis Shrimp

lg 89388 shrimp
Latin name: (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

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Blue, Green, Red



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The Clown Mantis Shrimp is an incredibly unique species and is sure to capture the attention of any onlooker. With its vibrant colors, large eyes, and resemblance to a praying mantis, it is easy to see why the Clown Mantis Shrimp is so popular. It is important to note that these shrimp are extremely aggressive, and should not be housed with other species in an aquarium. Furthermore, it is highly recommended that they be kept alone in their own aquarium to ensure the safety of the shrimp and other species. As such, the Clown Mantis Shrimp can be an enjoyable and unique addition to any aquarium, as long as they are kept alone.

The Clown Mantis Shrimp needs to be in an aquarium that is dedicated solely to them. This is to ensure their safety and wellbeing, as the shrimp’s specialized claws are very quick and can easily harm or kill other inhabitants of the tank. As such, it is advised that only one shrimp should be kept in the aquarium and that it should not be housed with fish or other invertebrates. Any potential tankmates should be large enough that the shrimp is unable to overpower or harm them. An appropriate setup for the Clown Mantis Shrimp should consist of a sandy bottom with plenty of rubble and at least one piece of live rock to provide a cave. It is also important to provide plenty of hiding places, as this species can be quite shy.

Clown Mantis Shrimp should be fed a diet that includes live feeder fish, crabs and frozen meaty foods. This will provide them with the nutrients they need to survive and thrive.

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