Tiger Pistol Shrimp
The Tiger Snapping Shrimp, also known as Symbiosis Shrimp and Snapping Shrimp, boasts a tan body with rust-colored broken stripes across its back. These beneficial shrimp are proficient sand stirrers and scavengers in reef aquariums, as they constantly move gravel and consume any uneaten food. Their snapping sound is produced by an appendage on their pincers, which moves when the pincers open or close, causing water to be ejected. This sound may be mistaken for that of the harmful Mantis Shrimp, but the Tiger Snapping Shrimp is harmless and does not pose a threat to other tank inhabitants, except for very small shrimp. The term Symbiotic Shrimp comes from the Pistol Shrimp’s mutually beneficial relationship with gobies such as Amblyeleotris or Stonogobiops. The goby, with better eyesight, warns the shrimp of predators, while the shrimp shares its food with the goby. Tiger Snapping Shrimp prefer environments with sand, rock caves, and dim lighting, and if kept in pairs, one will often guard the burrow while the other stays inside. These shrimp are intolerant of copper or high nitrate levels but require the correct level of iodine in the water for proper molting. They readily accept any meaty freeze-dried and frozen foods, as well as bottom feeder tablets.