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The Pistol Colored Snapping Shrimp (Alpheus spp.), also known as the Candy Cane Pistol Shrimp, is a fascinating and vibrant marine invertebrate. Here is some detailed information about them:


Average Size: Typically grows to around 1.5-2 inches (4-5 cm) in length.


Lifespan: Can live up to 2-4 years with proper care.



  • Known for their vibrant coloration, often featuring striking bands of red, white, and orange.

  • Equipped with one oversized claw that they use to create a snapping sound, which can stun prey or deter predators.

  • Often forms symbiotic relationships with gobies, sharing burrows and providing mutual protection.



  • Native to the Indo-Pacific region, particularly found in sandy or muddy substrates near coral reefs.



  • Generally peaceful and shy, spending much of their time hiding in burrows.

  • Highly social with gobies, often seen sharing burrows and working together.

  • The snapping sound from their claw is used for communication and defense.


Tank Size:

  • Requires a small to moderately-sized aquarium. A tank of at least 10 gallons is recommended.


Care Level:

  • Easy. They require stable water conditions and a sandy substrate to build their burrows.

  • Reef-safe and compatible with a wide range of tankmates, especially gobies.



  • Carnivorous. They thrive on a diet of meaty foods such as frozen mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and finely chopped seafood.

  • Will also scavenge for leftover food and detritus in the tank.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • Temperature: 72-78°F (22-26°C)
  • Salinity: 1.023-1.025 SG
  • Hardness: 8-12 dKH



  • Provide a sandy substrate and plenty of hiding spots to allow them to create burrows.
  • Consider pairing with a compatible goby species for a symbiotic relationship.


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values or specific care requirements, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Pistol Colored Snapping Shrimp

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