The Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp is one of the brightest of the pistol shrimps and by far the interesting aspect of pistol shrimp are their ability to form a symbiotic relationship with some species of goby fish. This is commonly seen in pistol shrimps belonging to the genus Alpheus such as the tiger pistol shrimp and Randall's pistol shrimp. This attractive Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp is generally colored with alternating red and white bands and will constantly move gravel making them excellent sand stirrers in the reef aquarium, as well as scavenging any uneaten food.
The Candy Stripe Shrimp will usually reside in a burrow of sand, often with one of the Gobies of the genera Amblyeleotris or Stonogobiops. The Shrimp benefit from the Gobies eyesight which gives it advance warning of any predators. They often share food as well.
As well, the Candy Stripe Shrimp has a unique left claw that is used to make a snapping or clicking sound. It is often used to startle other would-be predators and knock down prey.
Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp thrive in environments with sand, rock caves, and areas of lower light. They will hang out in the lower portion of the tank, near rocks or ledges to keep out of the direct light. If in pairs, one will often stand guard at the burrow while the other is inside. They will not survive if copper or high nitrates are present and will require the correct iodine level for proper molting.