Lysmata amboinensis
Source: Kasper Hareskov Tygesen
Lysmata amboinensis
Source: Kasper Hareskov Tygesen
Lysmata amboinensis
Source: Kasper Hareskov Tygesen
Lysmata amboinensis
Source: JJPhoto.dk

Facts

Latin name Lysmata amboinensis
Common name Pacific Cleaner Shrimp
Family Alpheoidea - Lysmata
Origin East Indian Ocean, Australia, The Red Sea, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific
Max length 6 cm (2.4")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 50 l (13 gal)
Hardiness Average
Suitable for aquarium Suitable for most aquarium
Reef safe Always reef safe
Aggressiveness Peaceful

Food

Mostly
  • Detritus
  • Parasites
Recommended
  • Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)

Sensitive during transportation

This species is very sensitive during transportation and acclimatizing into the aquarium.

Bred in captivity

This species can be bred in captivity, one can therefore consider asking your local fish store for a captive bred specimen.

Removes parasitic life

This species is able to remove parasites from fish.
It does not have a great impact on a large outbreak of marine ich (Cryptocaryon), for example, but it contributes towards keeping fish parasite free.

Constant cleaning can stress the fish in the aquarium, so one should not add this fish which removes parasites, if the fish are already weakened through other causes.

Not all specimens actively clean fish.

Can irritate corals

These shrimps will sometimes irritate corals by taking food out of their mouths, but this is not generally a problem.

Family description (Alpheoidea)

Shrimps have many different purposes in the tank, some are just pretty while others are shy but useful. Some remove parasites whilst others help fight different pests. 

Read more about the different genera and species for more specific information.

References and further reading

About references

Lysmata amboinensis - Wikipedia - (English)

Ronald L. Shimek. 2004. Marine Invertebrates (PocketExpert Guide) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Cleaner Shrimps of the Family Hippolytidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
James W. Fatherree. A Few Common Shrimps for the Marine Aquarium - Wet Web Media - (English)

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