The Gold Coral Banded Shrimp (Steponus hispidus) is saltwater invertebrate that are native to the Red Sea, Western Atlantic Ocean, and the Indo-Pacific region.
The Gold Coral Banded Shrimp has a yellow body, white chelae, and a red and white banded abdomen. One of the most fascinating shrimps to watch as they are incredibly active, attractive, and proficient predators. In the aquarium trade, Coral Banded Shrimp are also known as Banded Prawn, Banded Boxer Shrimp, Barber Pole Shrimp, and Banded Cleaner Shrimp. As some of their names suggests, they are quite useful to keep in your aquarium to maintain good water quality.
The Gold Banded Coral Shrimp must be kept singly, or as a true mated pair, being intolerant of others of the same species. It may also harass other smaller shrimp of different species.
The Gold Coral Banded Shrimp prefers a habitat with a cave or overhang for it to feel comfortable., so they are best kept in tanks with plenty of rockwork. They will frequently lose their exoskeleton during a molting process as they grow. They can be highly productive tank members as they are known to devour the pesky bristle worms.
In the home aquarium, it will accept most flaked and frozen foods, plankton, and meaty items.
Given their voracious appetite, the Golden Coral Banded Shrimp will eat almost anything and are also effective bristle worm hunters in the reef aquarium, helping to keep the population of these pests under control.
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