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Old 05-07-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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2 cleaner shrimp deaths

We've had 2 cleaner shrimp die recently. It appears tha both shrimp were attacked after they had molted. With the most recent one a tiny emerald crab had one half while a peppermint shrimp had the other half. Do you think either of these could have been the problem? We still have 2 cleaner shrimp in the tank.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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What kind of cleaner shrimp? What else do you have in the tank?
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:37 PM   #3
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Skunk cleaner shrimp

Other tank mates - 3 P.J. cardinals, 2 Occelaris clownfish, 1 peppermint shrimp, lawnmower blenny, yasha hase goby, & red banded pistol shrimp (small emerald crab was moved to another tank)
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:39 PM   #4
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Well then it wasent because of your livestock...
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Could have been the pistol, killig them when they were vulnerable after a molt
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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Red banded pistols are very peaceful and grow up to 2". Im 99% sure thats not the reason unless he turns into a warewolf at night.
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Red banded pistols are very peaceful and grow up to 2". Im 99% sure thats not the reason unless he turns into a warewolf at night.
Nothing else has the ability to kill the cleaners. Pistols hunt and kill cleaners in the wild. I vote pistol
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Thanks for the help in figuring this out.
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Do you ever hear snapping from your pistol shrimp?? Ever seen any agression from him toward any inverts?
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Yes, I do hear snapping. No, I have never seen any aggression with the pistol shrimp and inverts. He just stays with the goby clearing out their home when I'm able to see them. The goby is quite skiddish and we only see him when we can watch them without being seen.
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