Lysmata wurdemanni (Peppermint Shrimp)

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Lysmata wurdemanni (Peppermint Shrimp)

Post  thierry on Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:31 pm

Source: liveaquaria.com

QUICK STATS

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Reef Compatible: Yes
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
  • Max. Size: 2"
  • Color Form: Red, White, Yellow
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Origin: Caribbean
  • Family: Hippolytidae
  • Insert Date: 14 November 2009 + 14 December 2009


The Peppermint Shrimp is best known for its natural ability to manage nuisance Aiptasia, or glass anemones. Keep in mind that some individual Peppermint Shrimp are better at managing aiptasia while others may not be interested in aiptasia at all. Though considered part of the "cleaner" grouping of shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni is more of a scavenger. The Peppermint Shrimp picks its way around your aquarium and live rock to consume detritus, uneaten food, and decomposing organic material. This ornamental member of the Hippolytidae family is brightly colored with a creamy white body striped with several thin and distinct longitudinal red bands.
Also known as the Veined or Caribbean Cleaner Shrimp, the Peppermint Shrimp is sometimes confused with its Pacific cousin, Rhynchocinetes durbanensis. However, that shrimp has a pointed nose and inter-spaced white stripes over its body. In the wild, the Peppermint Shrimp is usually found in the vertical shafts of the reef. Some even take up residence in the core of pipe sponges. The Peppermint Shrimp does best in home aquariums with live rock, ample places to hide, as well as open areas to scavenge.

The Peppermint Shrimp is very social and peaceful towards most reef inhabitants. Like other invertebrates, the Peppermint Shrimp cannot tolerate copper-based medications or high nitrate levels. It also requires supplemental iodine to encourage proper molting of its carapace. In addition to what it obtains from scavenging, the diet of the Peppermint Shrimp should consist of most types of prepared foods and the occasional pieces of fresh fish.

The Peppermint Shrimp species has been successfully bred by commercial fish farms, but it will rarely breed in the average home aquarium.

Other links:
http://www.reeflex.net/tiere/855_Lysmata_wurdemanni.htm
http://www.reefcorner.com/SpecimenSheets/peppermint_shrimp.htm


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Death 21-11-09

Post  thierry on Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:03 pm

Was pretty soon, but the peppermint shrimp already died. The reason is unknown, all the water values seem to be correct. Maybe he got scared from the Clownsfishes, that bullied him on arrival. Unfortunatly the glassanemones are still there and multiplying.
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14 December 2009

Post  thierry on Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:25 am

Added a new one, also the old one might still be alive, we think we have spotted him some time ago. The corps we saw might have been the skin from the other shrimp.
Unfortunatly this one also disapeared as soon as he hit the water.
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Re: Lysmata wurdemanni (Peppermint Shrimp)

Post  thierry on Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:59 pm

Both Shrimps are doing fine, they found eachother and are best buddies now (so yeah, the old one still lives as well). They now both show themselves during feeding time, hope to get a shot of them now soon.
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Januari 13

Post  thierry on Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:45 pm

Tried to get them out by making pictures around feeding time (and during feeding time). This is normally the time when they show themselves, unfortunatly, not this time. However, I spotted one hanging near the mushroom, so i got some sort of a picture of it Smile
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The road to rebuilding Pt 1

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:31 pm

The peppermint shrimps, haven’t had much fun of them so far, and actually don’t really think they are still alive either. Hope to find them when removing the rocks, but don’t really expect it.
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The road to rebuilding Pt2

Post  thierry on Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:10 pm

No sign of the peppermint shrimps, just like a lot of the inverts. If I don’t find them I don’t think I will buy new ones, maybe if the sea anemones keep popping up, but if not then no new peppermint shrimps.
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Found some information on Fishlore

Post  thierry on Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:24 pm

Found a nice article on Fishlore
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Rebuilding Day 1

Post  thierry on Fri May 14, 2010 11:41 am

No trace of any peppermint shrimps. Going to close the topic Sad
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