Camel Shrimp
(Rhynchocinetes durbanesis)
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  • Stats

    Care Level: Easy 
    Reef Compatible: With caution 
    Diet: Omnivore
    Range: Indo-Pacific
    Family: Rhynchocinetidae
    Water Conditions: 75-80° F; sg 1.024-1.026 (1.025 is ideal); pH 8.1-8.4
    Ca 420-440 ppm, Alk 8-9.5 dKH, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates < .10ppm
  • Notes

    Groups of Camel Shrimp may be kept together, and will often gather in small caves, or under ledges. They are somewhat reclusive during the day.

    Camel Shrimp may nip at certain soft corals and zoanthids so they are not the best choice for a reef aquarium. Camel Shrimp will scavenge the aquarium for leftover scraps of meaty food missed by the fish. Supplemental feeding is usually not required as long as there are some leftovers for them to eat.


    Triggers, larger Hawkfish, Groupers, Lionfish, and large predatory Wrasses may eat Camel Shrimp. House larger shrimp with smaller fish to help even the odds if housing with these types of fish.

    Maintaining proper pH, Ca, Alk, & Mg levels is important for shrimp. Providing additions of iodine will help the shrimp to molt and grow. Take the time to do a drip acclimation with any shrimp as they do not tolerate rapid changes in water chemistry very well. 

    Water Chemistry:

    It is important that proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) are maintained. Raising magnesium levels gradually up to 1400-1600 ppm can help to combat algae outbreaks, just keep CA and Alk in line as you raise the Mg. Nitrates should be below 10 ppm and phosphates should be below .10 ppm. We recommend doing a water change when Nitrate levels rise to 10 ppm. It is important to replace your phosphate media when phosphates rise to .10 ppm. Media Reactors make the most efficient use of your phosphate media by fluidizing it. 

    Vivid Aquariums uses and recommends dosing pumps to automate the dosing of additives and keep your levels more constant. A dosing pump can alleviate the chore of manually dosing your aquarium with Ca, Alk, & Mg 2,3, or 4 times per week and will benefit your aquarium by keeping your levels constant through frequent small additions of Ca, Alk, & Mg. Our tanks all progressed when we switched from 3 manual dosings per week to 70 automatic dosings per week and we got a lot more work done.

    Feeding:

    Offer mysis shrimp or small bits of meaty foods.
  • Item Description Price Quantity
    Camel Shrimp (Rhynchocinetes durbanesis)
    Size: .75" - 1.5"
    $5.99