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7 Saltwater Aquarium Shrimp For Your Reef Tank

Peppermint shrimp in a reef aquarium.

When it comes to planning their aquarium, most people think about what fish and corals they’re going to add. But don’t forget to consider smaller creatures as well: invertebrates galore in the marine world, often amazingly colored and useful. We’re personally particularly fond of saltwater aquarium shrimp, many of which are docile and reef-safe. Let’s … Read more

Pederson Cleaner Shrimp Care & Info

Ancylomenes pedersoni or Pederson's cleaner shrimp

Looking for an uncommon invertebrate to add to your reef aquarium? We’ve got just the shrimp for you! The Pederson cleaner shrimp (Ancylomenes pedersoni) isn’t nearly as popular in the aquarium trade as some other shrimp species, but it’s actually a fascinating choice and can make a great addition to peaceful reef set-ups. Keep reading … Read more

Halloween Hermit Crab Care | Ciliopagurus strigatus

Halloween hermit crab (Ciliopagurus strigatus)

Why hello there! Long-time aquarists will know that hermit crabs are often colorful, but Ciliopagurus strigatus really takes the cake. Better known as the Halloween hermit crab, this popular aquarium invertebrate’s red and orange stripes are pretty difficult to overlook. Let’s go into everything you need to know about the Halloween hermit crab and keeping … Read more

Banded serpent Starfish Care | Ophiolepis superba

Looking to add a starfish to your aquarium? Funnily enough, your best option isn’t actually a true starfish, although it’s definitely similar enough. Serpent starfish are much easier to care for than other sea star species and a much better choice for the majority of aquarists. Today, we’re talking banded serpent starfish (Ophiolepis suberba), one … Read more

Red Fromia Starfish Care | Fromia milleporella

Nothing screams ‘marine aquarium’ quite like starfish, does it?! As mentioned in our list of aquarium-proof sea stars, though, most species are unfortunately actually not suitable for life in our reef tanks. One of the tentative exceptions is the genus Fromia, of which the red Fromia starfish (Fromia milleporella) is among the most common. Although … Read more

Harlequin Shrimp | Hymenocera picta Care & Info

Harlequin shrimp underwater photo.

We’ve already discussed a whole bunch of different types of invertebrates over here at FantaSEA. None of them are quite as spectacular-looking or wacky as the topic of this care guide, though: the harlequin shrimp. Keep reading for everything you need to know about harlequin shrimp and their care! Name (Common, Scientific) Harlequin shrimp, painted … Read more

Coral Banded Shrimp Care & Info

Coral banded shrimp photographed on Caribbean reef.

If you’re looking for a colorful addition to your saltwater aquarium, the coral banded shrimp might be a good choice for you. Scientifically known as Stenopus hispidus, this one gets its common name from its red-and-white striped body and claws. A colorful and fascinating addition to the aquarium! Keep reading for everything you need to … Read more