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Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera picta)

Care level: Easy
Minimum Tank Size: 30 litre
Temperament: Peaceful 
Reef safe: Yes

Harlequin Shrimps are a beautiful shrimp with an interesting nature. They have very specific care requirements as they only feed on starfish. Often sold as a quick fix to Asternia (nuisance star fish) problems a large pair of shrimps can quickly decimate a population of Asternia starfish, this leaves the pair without a source of food and they will subsequently starve. With this in mind it is important to provide the shrimps with a food source in the form of other starfish (usually chocolate chip starfish). 

Small shrimps are ideal to help tackle Asternia problems as they can't eat the same quantities of star fish as the larger shrimps can manage.  

Type: Shrimp

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