Tiger Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus bellulus)

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Tiger Pistol Shrimp

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Tiger Pistol Shrimp

Alpheus bellulus

57 Litres (15 US G.)

2-4 cm (0.8-1.6")


8.1 - 8.4

22 -27 °C (71.6-80.6°F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years

This animal is available captive bred

Alternative names[edit | edit source]

Tiger Pistol Shrimp, Symbiosis Shrimp, Pretty Snapping Shrimp

Sexing[edit | edit source]


Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Unlike the Mantis Shrimp, the Tiger Pistol Shrimp is peaceful towards tank mates and will pair up with Shrimp Gobies, and indeed do better if paired with a Goby.

Diet[edit | edit source]

The shrimp will take mysis or other small shrimp and may also accept sinking meaty pellets/wafers.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

How often to feed, etc.

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Behaviour[edit | edit source]


Identification[edit | edit source]

A Pistol Shrimp can be identified by its large pistol claw which will be significantly bigger than the other. The claw is specially modified to shoot water at enemies and makes a loud popping sound.

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