By Bob Goemans
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Family Barbouridae

Parhippolyte uveae

Borradaille, 1899

Sugar Cane Shrimp, Red Prawn

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Widespread.

Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits caves on shallow coral reef environments.

General Husbandry: Rarely seen in the home aquarium trade.

Best maintained in reef style aquariums having numerous caves as this species is often collected from lava tunnels in Hawaii.

Will take a variety of meaty foods and should be fed once daily.

I want to thank Clemence Gueguen from a fishfarm in the Mauritius for sending this photo.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Arthropoda

    Class: Malacostraca

    Order: Decapoda

    Family: Barbouridae

    Genus: Parhippolyte

FYI: Those imported from Hawaii prefer hide during daylight hours and feed at night. Nevertheless, those from East Africa are said to prefer highly illuminated areas.

Experience Level: Beginner

Diet: Carnivore

Temperament: Peaceful

Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium

Coral Safe: Yes

Fish Safe: Yes

Invertebrate Safe: Yes

Acclimation Time: Shrimp are 'very' sensitive to specific gravity/salinity changes. Therefore, be sure to adjust the bag's water to that of the aquarium in which it will be placed by slowly adding small amounts of aquarium water to the bag every few minutes. In most cases, this process should take at least 15 minutes.

Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately hardy

Calcium (Ca): 380 - 430 mg/l

Alkalinity: 2.5 - 3.0 meq/l

Phosphate (PO4): <0.05 mg/l

Magnesium (Mg): approx. 1350 mg/l (relate to specific gravity) Extremely important for molting!

Strontium (Sr) 8 - 10 mg/l

Iodine (I) Trace element additives containing iodine should be used as recommended by their makers, as iodine is also vital for the molting process.

Temperature Range: 72 - 79°F (22 - 26°C)

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Lighting: PAR ratings N/A

Water Movement: WM 1 - 2

Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025

pH: 8.0 - 8.4

 Parhippolyte uveae (Sugar Cane Shrimp, Red Prawn)
Photo © Clemence Gueguen
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