I've had my shrimp for over nine months now. He's got a lot of character: he lives in a small cave and spends most of the day upside down, hanging from the top of the cave. He goes out at feeding time and scours the tank looking for anything edible. At night he's always on the look out, he's a real night critter. He's used to eating from my hand, and whenever somebody is standing in front of the tank he'll be the first to show up. Be careful: you buy a small specimen and it'll grow dramatically in a couple of months. My tank is small (100 L) but he does well with my clown goby and the bicolor blenny. A little animal worth keeping. A lot of fun.
I am a senior in high school and am taking a marine biology course. We have a really cool teacher and our major part of our grade is to maintain and take care of some saltwater organisms. One of the organisms that we purchased was a BCS. It is a very interesting organism at that. I would consider it the king of our tank, for it's really the only organism that we see. Our tank consists of a Pink Button Brittle Starfish, the BCS, an Emerald Crab, a Chocolate Chip Starfish, two Brown leg Hermits, and 3 Damsels. They all seem to get along very well so far. I just thought I would put in some info on how they behave together.
We had a coral banded shrimp in our tank for over a year, in which time he grew quite large...but as stated above it's not a good idea to put little fish with these critters. We got a school of small catfish, and I recall over a week, 1-2 went missing each day, and we would find parts of the fish in the filter. I have strong suspicions that the shrimp caught them during the night (when he would leave his cave post) he would also unsuccessfully chase the cleaner shrimp (he couldn't climb walks though, and they could).
My cousin and I got a paired CBS. I got the female and he got the male. I put mine in my 150 L reef tank and it adapted fine to my tank. After 6 months, I decided to buy my cousins CBS off him. I new the risks I was taking, but I was willing to take a chance. Once I put the male CBS in the tank (at night) the both of them stared attacking each other. Then they did a funny dance and, to my suprise, in the morning they were upside down on my live rock and were paired up. My CBS shed their skin regularly. I think anyone who wants to buy a CBS should buy them as a pair. They roam around at night, looking for food. They are peaceful, but can get aggressive if fish come into their territory.
When I noticed that one of my paired shrimp had a large sac of green eggs under her belly, I decided to move the pair to a nursery tank. Two days later my girlfriend came rushing into the bedroom screaming "You gotta see this...they are having sex!" When I came to see them I saw that the male had all but one leg torn off and was being cannibalized alive. He is now in the emergency ward and we are hopeful to his recovery.
I have a CBS for quite some time now. He is feisty, but cannot catch either my common cleaner or anything else. Not the quickest shrimp, but very hardy and interesting. Enjoy!
I have had a CBS for about 2 months now. He only seems aggressive towards my Regal Tang, but he is too slow to catch her. Recently, a Chalkline Basslet developed a case of Popeye. After hiding for a few days, he has been hanging out with the CBS, getting regular cleanings and protection services. The pressurized eye appears to be deflating, and the basslet is becoming more active every day. It is truly amazing to watch!
I used to keep a large marine aquarium 30+ years ago, but a relocation meant giving it up. I've recently restarted my hobby and one of the first in the tank was a nice BCS along with a brittle star and a handful of fish. Everywhere I read about these wonderful characters it is said that they are night hunters and tend to hide during the day. I think someone ought to tell my one about it! He/she (I think mine is a female) is out all day under the bright lights merrily hunting down the river shrimp and catching whatever floats by. She has recently molted and looks supremely bright under the marine lights standing proud on top of her piece of rock. She romps all over the tank at night, lording it over everything - including the lion fish! I don't think she has any idea that she's supposed to be timid and hiding during the day but she's top dog in my tank and she's stunningly beautiful to watch. I would certainly recommend a BCS to any marine hobbyist.
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