Rhynchocinetes durbanensis, Camel or the Dancing Shrimp

Rhynchocinetes durbanensis commonly known are the Camel Shrimp or the Dancing Shrimp or the Candy shrimp. Coming from the Indo-Pacific region and can grow up to 2 inches. They have large black eyes and the whole body is covered with red and white lines. I was little skeptical before ordering them because by seller called them strip shrimp. I just dint know what he was talking about and what is a strip shrimp. However, an absolute pleasure when they arrived.

They are such a beautiful creature to keep in a saltwater tank. Rhynchocinetes durbanensis are found at a dept of up to 35 m in crack and rocky shores. They need to be well acclimated before you put them in the tank, there are possibilities of shock and could lead to losses. They too like other shed their exoskeleton time to time. Do check the tank mates you have because one of my shrimp was eaten by a large Emperor angelfish on the same day by bad. So, little compatibility check would do great help.

Rhynchocinetes durbanensis are easy to keep and good eaters camel shrimp feed on everything left from flakes to pellet food. Mine enjoyed algae wafers like anything. With the tendency of nibbling with polyp tips are considered not reef safe. They are definitely not easy to catch when in an established tank without moving the rocks. Any way they are a spectacular creature to add in any established saltwater aquarium.

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