Species group: Shrimps
Other common names: Hinge-beak Shrimp; Hingebeak Shrimp; Camelback Shrimp, Dancing Shrimp; Candy Shrimp; Durban Dancing Shrimp; Durban Hinge-Beak Shrimp
Scientific name: Rhynchocinetes durbanensis
The Camel Shrimp is a beautifully colored shrimp native to the tropical Indo-Pacific, where it is found on coral reefs to depths of 40 meters. A nocturnal carnivore and scavenger, the Camel Shrimp hides in caves and crevasses during the day, and emerges at night to pick on corals and prey on worms, snails and small crabs.
The Camel Shrimp has a handsome patterning of red and white stripes over its body. Males have larger claws than females.
Coral Banded Shrimp are not compatible with reef tanks, as they feed on coral polyps. Camel Shrimp do best if kept in small groups of three to five shrimp.
20 gallons. Invertebrates like Rhynchocinetes durbanensis cannot tolerate high nitrate levels or copper-based medications.
good cleaner shrimp, similarly attractive markings, unique shell pattern, fish only aquarium
coral predation, soft leather corals, polyp corals, soft coral garden
feeder shrimp, high quality flakes
Very intense, uses a lot of energy
Metal halides were the go-to lighting fixtures in reef-keeping. They are very bright but give off a lot of heat and require a big ballast to start up. I've had over 15 reef tanks that used MH bulbs. Some aquarists with really deep reef tanks use them but most hobbyists go with modern LED reef lighting. You have to replace them every year because the light quality (spectrum) declines over time. Reef LED fixtures provide enough intensity and the right color spectrum for stony corals. LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy and runs much cooler..
From James 216 days ago