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Peppermint vs Peppermint?


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    So which is it that mows aptasia and which does not? I remember reading years ago that misidentification is the main reason people buy these shrimp and they don't do what they had expected.
    Anyone know? Lysmata boggessi or Lysmata wurdemann?
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    Great topic!!! Who are the local shrimp experts around here???

    Tagging along. Pics would be great! Have yet to come across a post on this topic that included pics and scientific name to differentiate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Patrick View Post
    Great topic!!! Who are the local shrimp experts around here???

    Tagging along. Pics would be great! Have yet to come across a post on this topic that included pics and scientific name to differentiate!

    I was hoping Bongo would chime in here!?!

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    Lysmata wurdemanni is the correct species, some of the other species are not so nice to coral . There are several "imposters", Rhynchocinetes durbanensis will eat coral if given the chance, but they're actually used to eat flatworms off of Acropora and do it very well if applied correctly: http://www.korallen-zucht.de/index.p..._id=52&clang=1

    More info on other "imposters": http://fish.suite101.com/article.cfm...rimp_imposters

    FWIW, I have spotted several different species of these guys being sold as "peppermint shrimp" at LFS in our area Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stunreefer View Post
    Lysmata wurdemanni is the correct species, some of the other species are not so nice to coral . There are several "imposters", Rhynchocinetes durbanensis will eat coral if given the chance, but they're actually used to eat flatworms off of Acropora and do it very well if applied correctly: http://www.korallen-zucht.de/index.p..._id=52&clang=1

    More info on other "imposters": http://fish.suite101.com/article.cfm...rimp_imposters

    FWIW, I have spotted several different species of these guys being sold as "peppermint shrimp" at LFS in our area Rob.
    Thanks for weighing in Stun. That is exactly why I was hoping to get clarification on this topic. Seems as though anything with even a remotely similar stripping pattern gets slapped with the Peppermint name.
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    That explains why the "peppermint shrimp" I got will not eat aptaisia in my tank after starving the tank for a couple days. They never last more than a couple months for me in my tank.

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