Welcome to the Unofficial Sexy Shrimp Thread!
Here we will be discussing Thor amboinensis a.k.a. sexy shrimp, sexy anemone shrimp, anemone shrimp, squat shrimp, humback shrimp, high-tailed shrimp, and dancing shrimp. Yeah, I know, that's a lot of names, but I did not make any up!
In this thread, you can post pictures, videos, stories, tips, questions, and anything else that pertains to sexy shrimp. Try to keep things PG, please! We don't want to get kicked out too soon.
Sexy shrimp are best kept in groups of odd numbers over 3. They can be kept single or as a pair, but they are much more comfortable as a group. One of their most striking behaviors is their 'dancing.' When they are kept in a group or when they are frightened, they will swing their tails back and forth, rythmically, hence the name "Dancing Shrimp."
Sexy shrimp are very small, usually growing no larger than 1½", so they are best kept in tanks smaller than 10gal. In larger tanks, they are difficult to keep track of and can possibly be bullied by crabs, other shrimp, and some fish. They really love tanks in between 2 and 5 gallons.
You can feed them most flaked and frozen foods, plankton, and meaty items. There are several methods of feeding, and everyone can post their favorite choice.
Sexy anemone shrimp have that name because their natural host is an anemone. If an anemone is not present, they will most likely host other corals, but a host is not required.
They will molt every 3 to 4 weeks, at night. Sometimes the molted skin can be mistaken as a dead body, so take a closer look and conduct a head count before getting worried.
Finding your female sexy shrimp with an abdomen full of eggs should become a common sight. They become reproductive at several weeks of age, and make eggs like clockwork. You can attempt to raise the fry, but it's a lot of work.
Project DIBS sexy shrimp forum
PJ's sexy shrimp breeding thread
Whys' Sexy Breeding
Steelcube's sexy breeding
Are sexies reef safe?
YES! But, if they are not kept well fed, there is a big chance that they will munch on your corals. Some people don't have trouble with this at all, but I personally have to feed mine at least once a day, or else they start binging on zoa skirts.
Sexies should be alright to keep with just about anything except those fish/inverts/etc. that eat inverts. There is always a possibility of having a rouge critter that may not be friendly. Also, there may be disagreements if one or more critters in the tank are very territorial.
Where to buy
Most LFSs will either carry them or order them by request.
Other places to check:
Alright, there is the basic info on these cute little guys. From here on out, ask questions, give first hand experience and show off some sexy (shrimp) pics!
I will be updating this thread as we go along. If you have any tips or links that you think should show up on this first post, please let me know!
Big thanks to el fabuloso for this guide to feeding sexy shrimp!
A Simple Guide To Feeding Sexy Shrimps
Lately I've been coming across accounts from people of sexy shrimps eating their corals. It's a tragic case but I think it's also one that can easily be avoided. Sexy shrimps are opportunistic scavengers so you can probably get away with not feeding them in a fully stock tank with fish and/or corals that are fed on a regular basis. But in a small tank all to themselves and with corals that don't need to be fed regularly, spot feeding them is important in order to keep them happy and to prevent them from eating your corals. I thought I'd share my technique with people who are cautious about getting these little guys or current owners who may be having some trouble getting their shrimps to eat. I've even included photos to make this more fun.
Feeding them is surprisingly easy and requires very little time. I feed mine with shrimp pellets every other day.
I happen to use Omega One Shrimp Pellets (quite disturbing if you really think about it) and they absolutely love it. But really, any pellets will do.
You will need forceps to spot feed the shrimp. You can get Aquatic Forceps from Foster & Smith which also come in handy for aquascaping and for moving and poking at things in your tank.
Lalani also suggested mechanics forceps so I suppose those will work as well if you can find them.
Step 1: Find a good size pellet that's just the right portion for your shrimp. A pellet that's too big leaves a big mess and one that's too small may end up floating off and getting lost from their grip.
Step 2: Dip the pellet in the water and allow it to soak up a bit. It also helps to shake it off a little to get rid of air bubbles. This keeps the pellet from floating away.
Step 3: Spot feed. Sexy shrimps have a good sense of smell (or taste?) and will come running the moment they sense food. Notice the other shrimp running towards the front.
These guys are greedy eaters and don't like to share. This one has decided to snatch the pellet all to himself...
...so it's a good idea to make sure they each get their own.
As you can see, a well-fed sexy is a happy sexy. And one that's too busy munching on their own pellet instead of your corals.
Edited by Lalani, 18 March 2013 - 06:31 AM.