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Blood Red Fire Shrimp
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Blood Red Fire Shrimp (Lysmata debelius)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Red, White
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 2"
Origin Indonesia, Sri Lanka
Family Hippolytidae
Supplements Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements
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The Blood Red Fire Shrimp (Lysmata debelius), also known as Blood Shrimp, Fire Shrimp, or Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, is one of the most popular ornamental shrimp in the marine aquarium hobby. The Blood Red Fire Shrimp boasts striking blood-red coloration with brilliant white spots and long white antennae. Depending on which region of the Indo-Pacific from which it originates, the Blood Red Fire Shrimp may have the white dots just on its carapace or covering its entire body.

The Blood Red Fire Shrimp is most active at night and prefers a habitat aquascaped with caves and overhangs where the lighting is not too intense during the "day". While the Blood Red Fire Shrimp will tolerate its mate, others of its own kind will be chased away or harassed unless kep in a very spacious aquarium setup. It is generally peaceful with most other organisms in the reef system unless they impinge on its territory. As a "cleaner shrimp," the Blood Red Fire Shrimp will set up cleaning stations and remove dead tissue and parasites from fish that present themselves. The Blood Red Fire Shrimp will also scavenge for meaty bits along the substrate bottom. Often, only its antennae will be visible. Similar to all invertebrates, the Blood Red Fire Shrimp will not tolerate copper or high levels of nitrates in the aquarium. The Blood Red Fire Shrimp will require correct levels of iodine in the water to promote proper molting.

The diet of the Blood Red Fire Shrimp should include freeze-dried, live or frozen foods, and flaked foods.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2"

Customer Testimonials

Randy H Woodland Hills , CA
The Blood Red Fire Shrimp is a vibrant shrimp that's great for any aquarium! Don't worry about this little guy finding food. In fact, I'd suggest cutting any food into pieces otherwise this shrimp will steal it all. Overall, a peaceful and very interesting shrimp.
Donna C Waltham , MA
These shrimp are very cool to watch, but very secretive. Mine hide a lot of the time, but start moving around when food is introduced into the tank.
Ann W Dearborn , MI
I ordered these as part of your shrimp "package". I received a beautiful pair of large shrimp. They are fun to watch and ravenous eaters. They do tend to hide most of the day, but become more active towards night. They help with the leftovers from the day! These shrimp make a wonderful addition to any aquarium.
Bill S Orlando , FL
Many times blood shrimp prefer low light and as a result in reef aquariums will hide much of the time. Mine is usually only present when I'm maintaining my reef or feeding it. Despite these negatives no other common shrimp in the aquarium trade looks as brilliant as a blood shrimp.
Cadence W Huntsville , AL
I bought one of these for my 10g nano reef tank to help clean up any extra food and such. I have to say this is one of my best purchases I have made. Incredibly active at feeding, though it does like to hide the rest of the time. Mine has chosen a cave at the front of the tank so I still get a great viewing of them.
Sky Cartwright Knoxville , TN
I bought my fire shrimp about a month ago and I love the little guy. He is shy but he has molted twice since I got him. A great eater, I will order more stuff from liveaquaria in the future. I highly recommend them!
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