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Bumble Bee Shrimp
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Bumble Bee Shrimp (Gnathophyllum americanum)

Quick Stats

Care Level Difficult
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Orange, Tan, White, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 1"
Origin Indo-Pacific
Family Gnathophyllidae
Supplements Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements
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Overview

The Bumble Bee Shrimp, also known as the Striped Harlequin Shrimp, is common throughout the Indo-Pacific. They are small shrimp only attaining a maximum size of 1 inch. Their body is yellow or white in coloration with black stripes giving them a similar appearance to a bumblebee. The legs and tail may also have orange markings. These shrimp are similar to Harlequin shrimp and feed upon the tube feet of echinoderms.

The Bumble Bee Shrimp is best kept as pairs in a small nano aquarium with moderate light to accommodate easy viewing. They cannot tolerate copper or high nitrates, and iodine levels must be correct and maintained to ensure proper molting.

The Bumble Bee Shrimp will feed upon the tube feet of echinoderms, but do not require them for survival. Offer them pieces of frozen meaty foods such as brine or mysis shrimp, cockle, or small pieces of fish. They should be offered these foods daily.

Due to the Bumble Bee Shrimps small size, care should be taken when introducing them into the aquarium as there is a potential that other organisms may consume them.

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

Customer Testimonials

Robert B Chesapeake , VA
I bought two of these and I can tell you directly, that they DO NOT eat the feet of echinoderms. I had one in a container with hundreds of Asterina Starfish and it didn't eat or attempt to eat any of them. If you want to get something that will eat those nuisance starfish, NO NOT get these.
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