Harlequin shrimps diet consists only of starfish. They often hunt in pairs and will drag a starfish back to their cave and eat it alive. They have also been observed to bring algae and other greens and force feed the starfish in order to keep it alive.

Harlequin Shrimp: The Ultimate Care Guide

Introduction

Many people are turning towards invertebrates as a way to spice up their aquarium. If you have a saltwater setup, Harlequin Shrimp are an excellent choice.

They are hard to resist; they have such a captivating appearance that you could fall in love with at first sight. This isn’t something that all shrimp can boast.

An added bonus is that this species is great at removing pesky parasites such as Asterina Starfish. Many aquarists, therefore, choose Harlequin Shrimp to protect their corals.

These crustaceans are easy to care for if you are prepared to put up with their specific feeding habits. In return, you’ll get to watch some very interesting behaviors.

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6 thoughts on “Harlequin shrimps diet consists only of starfish. They often hunt in pairs and will drag a starfish back to their cave and eat it alive. They have also been observed to bring algae and other greens and force feed the starfish in order to keep it alive.”

  1. jorph

    Most animals eat other animals alive to some degree

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