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Bumble Bee Shrimp
(Gnathophyllum americanum)
Quick Care FactsCare 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, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4
Supplements: None
Coloration: Brown, White, Orange, Yellow
Origin: Western Atlantic
Family: Gnathophyllidae
Species: Shrimp
Species Information
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
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
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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