|Latin name||Stenopus zanzibaricus|
|Common name||Gold-banded coral shrimp|
|Family||Alpheoidea - Stenopus|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, The Mexican Golf|
|Max length||5 cm (2.0")|
As aquarium fish
Can be a threat towards small crustaceans
This species can be a threat towards small crustaceans, e.g. small shrimp.
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 coexist as a pair
They can live as a pair provided they are introduced simultaneously.
Can irritate corals
These shrimps will sometimes irritate corals by taking food out of their mouths, but this is not generally a problem.
Stenopus scutellatus live in the Carribean and Stenopus zanzibaricus in the Indian Ocean.
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
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)
|eats shrimp, pair couple|