Bullseye Pistol Shrimp
The Blue Spot Snapping Shrimp, also known as the Bullseye Snapping Shrimp, has a bright yellow/orange body with purple claws and a blue dot on each side. These shrimp are helpful in reef aquariums as they constantly stir the sand and scavenge for uneaten food. The snapping sound produced by the shrimp is caused by an appendage on their pincher, which moves when opened or closed, resulting in water being ejected. While this may lead to confusion with the Mantis Shrimp, the Bullseye Snapping Shrimp is harmless and poses no threat to most tank inhabitants. Unlike other snapping shrimp, Bullseye Snapping Shrimp do not usually form symbiotic relationships with gobies. They thrive in reef environments with sand, rock caves, and dim lighting. When paired, one shrimp will guard the burrow while the other is inside. Bullseye Snapping Shrimp are intolerant of copper or high nitrate levels, but require a proper level of iodine in the water to molt correctly. They accept meaty freeze-dried and frozen foods, as well as bottom feeder tablets, and will scavenge for algae in the aquarium. It is reef safe.