Introducing the captivating Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) to your marine aquarium. With its vibrant colors, unique body structure, and powerful hunting abilities, this species will become the star attraction of your underwater world. Known for its mesmerizing beauty and fascinating behavior, the Peacock Mantis Shrimp adds an element of wonder and excitement to any saltwater tank.
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp showcases a striking body adorned with vibrant hues of blue, green, and red. Its body structure, resembling that of a mantis, features specialized appendages designed for hunting and defense. With its lightning-fast strikes and incredible strength, this shrimp species is a true marvel of nature.
Caring for the Peacock Mantis Shrimp requires specific attention to its unique needs and behavior. Here are some essential care guidelines to ensure the well-being of your shrimp:
Aquarium Setup: Provide a spacious saltwater aquarium with ample hiding spots, such as rock formations or caves, to mimic the natural habitat of the Peacock Mantis Shrimp. Ensure a sandy substrate to accommodate its burrowing behavior and provide enough space for movement.
Water Parameters: Maintain stable water conditions with a temperature range of 75-82°F (24-28°C) and a pH level of 8.1-8.4. Regularly monitor and maintain water quality, including salinity, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels, to ensure optimal conditions.
Diet: The Peacock Mantis Shrimp is a voracious predator. Offer a varied diet consisting of meaty foods such as live or frozen shrimp, fish, crabs, and other small marine invertebrates. Feed it small, frequent meals to satisfy its hunting instincts and nutritional requirements.
Compatibility: Exercise caution when selecting tank mates for the Peacock Mantis Shrimp. It is best kept alone or in a species-specific tank, as it can be highly aggressive and territorial towards other tank inhabitants. Avoid housing it with slow-moving or delicate species that may become targets of its aggression.
Approximate Purchase Size: 3 to 6 inches.
Observation and Maintenance: Regularly observe the behavior, appetite, and overall health of the Peacock Mantis Shrimp. Perform routine aquarium maintenance, including water changes, to maintain optimal water quality. Be cautious when handling or working near the tank, as the shrimp's powerful claws can cause injury.
*Due to limited quantities only one Peacock Mantis per order.
Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided.