A Tragic (yet very odd) Morning
I am stumped and amazed with this one:
1st, everything was fine in my community last night. I woke up this morning to find my Diamondback Goby had jumped during the night (that's what I get for letting my fish watch Prison Break). I kept him well fed, but I guess he was after greener pastures. Shame too, as he was a great addition.
But the most peculiar thing of the morning was my McClusker Wrasse. I found him this morning just sitting on the sand bed, not moving. He was alive, but obviously not looking too good. Upon closer inspection, I noticed an actual "bubble" or "web" of stringy slime completely enclosed around him! There was about an inch of space around the "bubble/web" and the wrasse. It looked like the string you might see corals emit when dumping waste or trying to catch food floating by, yet there he wasn't near any corals and all my pieces are stationary. I took a stick and broke apart the bubble, yet the wrasse remained motionless. I nudged him with the stick, and he slowly swam in between the rockwork, where I lost sight of him (probably for good...).
I tried taking a picture, but my camera couldn't pick up the bubble. Has anyone ever seen anything like this "bubble" before? What could have created it? Aside from my corals, I have a fire shrimp, peppermint shrimp, sand-sifting star, turbo snails, hermit crabs, and my clown and royal gramma.