Saltwater Invertebrates for Marine Reef Aquariums: Sexy Anemone Shrimp
Sexy Anemone Shrimp
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Sexy Anemone Shrimp (Thor amboinensis)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 1½"
Color Form Black, Red, Tan, White
Diet Carnivore
Supplements Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements
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Origin Indo-Pacific, Indonesia
Family Hippolytidae
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Overview

The Sexy Anemone Shrimp is named for its unusual body movements. When walking, Thor amboinensis sways its abdomen back and forth with exotic flair. In addition to this fascinating behavior, the Sexy Anemone Shrimp is also uniquely dressed in a reddish brown body dotted with brilliant white spots. These characteristics make the Sexy Anemone Shrimps an enchanting aquarium addition.

Native to the reefs of the Indo-Pacific, this member of the Hippolytidae family is usually found amongst the tentacles of an anemone. In the home aquarium, however, the Sexy Anemone Shrimp is often found perched on a coral frag or outcropping of live rock. Most are equally fearless as they are beautiful and will scavenge in any area of the aquarium in search of meaty foods.

For best care, the Sexy Anemone Shrimp should be kept in small groups and fed a varied diet of plankton and flaked, frozen, and meaty foods. It is peaceful towards members of its own species and other tankmates. The Sexy Anemone Shrimp should not be housed in aquariums with predatory fish that might attack these small shrimp.

Interestingly, the Sexy Anemone Shrimp is a relatively fast grower and will molt about once a month. However, most Sexy Anemone Shrimp will grow only to a maximum size of around 1-1/2". Although very hardy, it requires a slow acclimation process to avoid any salinity and/or pH shock. Like other invertebrates, the Sexy Anemone Shrimp cannot tolerate high nitrate or copper levels. To promote proper molting, sufficient iodine levels must be maintained.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/4" to 3/4"

Customer Testimonials

David B Saratoga, , CA
This is a great species to keep in a community aquarium. A blast to watch, especially when flitting in and out of an anemone. Try to avoid predators like Lionfish. My Sexy Shrimp have only grown to only 1/2" after six months of molting. Their tiny size makes them easy prey.
Kenn F Ann Arbor , MI
These animals are very animated. They move and wiggle constantly. I love them. I have a 2 1/2 gallom mini reef and these are absolutely the most perfect additions. They are friendly and communal. They herd together on many occassions. The picture shows them as a burgundy, but I have always seen them as a brighter cherry red; much like a jelly candy. (That is why I named my pair "Jelly" and "Bean")
Alan M San Francisco , CA
I love these shrimp. I purchased a pair and they are the cutest additions to my nano reef. They are small so a reef with many hiding places makes it a challenge to find them sometimes but it's fun trying. Their movements are fun to watch. May need to purchase more to keep a fun and enjoyable community of them since they are very tiny.
P Paz Sandwich , ME
Absolutely love these little guys! One of ours has quadrupled in size and the other is still pretty tiny. We named them Sexy and Plexy. I would buy 100 of these if I could afford it and had a big enough tank. They are the BEST!
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