Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni)

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Peppermint Shrimp

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Peppermint Shrimp

Lysmata wurdemanni

76 Litres (20 US G.)

3.8-5.1cm (1.5-2 ")


8.1 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

Pellet Foods
Other (See article)

4-8 years

This animal is available captive bred

Alternative names[edit]

Peppermint Shrimp, Veined Shrimp, Caribbean Cleaner Shrimp


These shrimp are hermaphrodites.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Peaceful with most fish, but may be aggressive towards Coral Banded Shrimp.


Scavenges the bottom, and sifts sand looking for food. Will accept most flake food, live food, and frozen food.
Will also eat those pesky Aiptasia Anemones. However, make sure the anemones are no larger than one inch, or else the shrimp will ignore them. If they still ignore them, you can train them by adding to their diet during quarantine.
Known to pick dead tissue off of fish and other invertebrates, as well as the dead skin around the cuticles of human hands reaching into the tank.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once per day.

Environment Specifics[edit]

Keep ammonia and nitrite at 0. Nitrate should be under 10 ppm. Cannot tolerate copper-based medications. Supplement iodine to help aid in moulting.


A generally peaceful nocturnal shrimp, they are shy during the day and will hide.


Creamy-clear in colour with red stripes running down length of body. Can be confused with Camel Shrimp.


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