It is commonly kept by the ornamental fish trade as it also one of the more attractively colored snapping shrimp, and because it forms symbiotic relationships with many types of aquarium goby (genera Cryptocentris, Stonogobiops, and others) known from this symbiotic relationship as watchmen gobies: the goby stands watch outside the burrow dug by the shrimp, watching for predators and invading shrimp/gobies. The shrimp maintains constant contact with the goby by means of a long antenna. If the contact is broken the shrimp will retreat into the burrow to await the goby's return.
In the aquarium this shrimp needs little by way of care, and does better and is more active in the presence of a guarding goby.
A tank of as little as 10 gallons could support this shrimp and its counterpart goby.
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