Lysmata debelius
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Facts

Latin name Lysmata debelius
Common name Blood shrimp
Family Alpheoidea - Lysmata
Origin East Indian Ocean
Max length 3 cm (1.2")

As aquarium fish

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

Food

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

Nocturnal

This species is nocturnal and therefore the most active when the light is dimmed or turned off.

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.

Hiding places

This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.

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 debelius - 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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