The Blood Red Fire Shrimp (Lysmata debelius), also known as Blood Shrimp or Fire Shrimp, is one of the most popular ornamental shrimp in the marine aquarium hobby. The Blood Red Fire Shrimp boasts striking blood red coloration with brilliant white spots and long white antennae. These shrimp are most active at night and prefer a habitat aquascaped with caves and overhangs where the lighting is not too intense during the day. While the Blood Red Fire Shrimp will tolerate its mate, others of its own kind will be chased away or harassed unless kept in a very spacious aquarium setup. As a "cleaner shrimp", the Blood Red Fire Shrimp will set up cleaning stations to remove dead tissue and parasites from fish that present themselves, also scavenging for meaty bits of food. Similar to all invertebrates, the Blood Red Fire Shrimp will not tolerate copper or high levels of nitrates in the aquarium, they also require correct levels of iodine in the water to promote proper molting.
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