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Harlequin Saltwater Shrimp

SKU 861-1042 Category Tag



Harlequin Saltwater Shrimp

Water Conditions: 72-78° F
dKH 8-12
pH 8.1-8.4
sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size: 1½”
Origin: Africa, Indian Ocean
Family: Gnathophyllidae

The Harlequin Shrimp is a reef compatible, peaceful shrimp that was first scientifically described in 1852. The Harlequin Shrimp has a white body w large light blue spots. Males are slightly smaller than the female. It has large claws or chelipeds which are for show only as it does not use them for hunting. The Harlequin Shrimp is best kept as mated pairs in a tank w moderate lighting. The Harlequin Shrimp can not tolerate copper or high nitrates and iodine levels must be correct & maintained to ensure proper molting.

It is very particular about its diet, eating only on echinoderms, primarily starfish, and a few urchins. It will eat starfish or Linckia, Fromia sp. Starfish may shed the arm but is often mortally wounded. You will want to supply the Harlequin Shrimp w starfish or Asterias rubens for adults and Linckia for juveniles. The adults may also eat sea urchins.

We have a limited number of Harlequin Shrimp available to ship each week as these are imports and must clear our quarantine process before we will ship to our customers. Depending on how many orders we receive will determine your wait time. Generally most orders ship within 7 days of order placement but due to the popularity of this shrimp you may experience an extended wait between 2 and 3 weeks before your order will ship.  Our goal is to process your order as fast as possible but also to ship healthy animals that you will enjoy! Thank you for your consideration, our family’s farm will take great care of you!


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