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Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

The Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) is a very popular shrimp for many aquarium hobbyists. They are easy to care for, will eat any leftover fish food, and will remove at least some parasites from your fish. The most entertaining part about these shrimp is the cleaning behavior, which isn’t just limited to fish. When aquarium keepers put their hands into the tank to mount new corals to the live rock or adjust the locations of other corals or rock, the shrimp will climb up onto the hobbyist’s arm and begin the cleaning process. For the most part, the cleaning tickles. However, the shrimp can find a sensitive spot and give you a little pinch.


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