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Bumble Bee Shrimp

(Gnathophyllum americanum)

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 Quick Care Facts

• Care Level: Moderate   • Temperament: Peaceful   • Maximum Size: 2"
• Diet: Carnivore   • Aquarium Level: Substrate & Rocks   • Minimum Tank Size: 12 gallons
 • Reef Compatible: Yes   • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
• Supplements: None   • Coloration: Brown, White, Orange, Yellow
• Origin: Western Atlantic • Family: Gnathophyllidae   • Species: Shrimp

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Native Habitat and Species Information

Bumble Bee Shrimp native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

The Bumble Bee Shrimp, also commonly known as the Striped Harlequin Shrimp, is found throughout the Indo-Pacific. They are small shrimp only attaining a maximum size of about 2 inches. Their body is yellow or white in coloration with black stripes giving them a similar appearance to a bumblebee, while the legs and tail may also have orange markings. Bumble Bee Shrimp are similar to Harlequin shrimp and feed upon the tube feet of echinoderms.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Bumble Bee Shrimp in the home aquarium.

The Bumble Bee Shrimp is best kept as pairs in a small nano aquarium with moderate light to accommodate easy viewing. Bumble Bee Shrimp may also be suitable for smaller reef aquariums with other very peaceful inhabitants and no boisterous species being present. As with most marine invertebrate and fish species the Bumble Bee Shrimp requires some live rock in order to provide it with proper habitat and a place to retreat to when it feels threatened. They cannot tolerate copper or high nitrates, and iodine levels must be correct and maintained to ensure proper molting.

Feeding & Nutrition

How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Bumble Bee Shrimp.

The Bumble Bee Shrimp will feed upon the tube feet of echinoderms, but do not require them for survival. They will also feed on offerings of pieces of frozen meaty foods such as brine or mysis shrimp, cockle, or small pieces of fish. Bumble Bee Shrimp should be offered these foods daily.

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