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Saron Shrimp
(Saron marmoratus)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Maximum Size: 2"
Diet: Carnivore
Aquarium Level: Substrate & Rocks
Minimum Tank Size: 12 gallons
Reef Compatible: No
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4
Supplements: None
Coloration: Brown, Tan, Green, Red
Origin: Hawaiian Islands, Indo-Pacific
Family: Hippolytidae
Species: Shrimp
Species Information
The Saron Shrimp, or as it is also commonly referred to as the Marble Shrimp, is a easily cared for species that is perfect for reef aquariums. During daylight the Saron Shrimp is a brown color with green spots; however, these green spots will have variable amounts of white speckling.
The Saron Shrimp is nocturnal, and at night, the color of its body turns primarily red, which helps it blend into the shadows of the twilight. The legs have darker brown bands on a brown background with alternating white speckled bands and their first pair of walking legs are elongated. Tufts of cirri (feathery appendages) are found decorating the back of the males.
Aquarium Care
When introduced into the marine aquarium, the Saron Shrimp will need a dark place in which to hide and hangout until dusk. Initially the Saron Shrimp will come out only at night, but after acclimating, it will start to wander about during the daylight.
The Saron Shrimp is usually found in the coral rubble at the base of the reef or in low lying crevices within the rock. As with most all invertebrate species it is intolerant of copper or high nitrates, and will require a correct level of iodine in the water for proper molting.
Feeding & Nutrition
As with most shrimp the Saron Shrimp is primarily a scavenger and will comb the substrate of the aquarium looking for any leftover meaty items. It's diet should also be supplemented with meaty foods such as, brine shrimp, plankton, flaked food, frozen food, and small pieces of fish.
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