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Old 09-16-2012, 09:06 PM   #11
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Clicking is a big clue. You should attempt to capture whatever is making the sound, using the glass bottle trap. If it is a pistol shrimp, keep it. If it's a mantis, sell it, and the problem is solved!
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:35 AM   #12
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Well I've woken up to a dead emerald crab now, but the duster, red legged hermits, clown and cleaner shrimp are all in tact. Would it help if I took all the live rock out and swapped it at the store? Perhaps they could quarrantine it? I know there's no guarentee that there wont be something else in the "new" rock, but I'm convinced there's definately something very nasty in this 20year old rock. I have 4 kilos of live rock and the tank is 60lts.
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If you can post a pic of the dead emerald, it would be helpful. As I said, the clicking is a big clue. Have you tried the glass jar trap?
If you do have a mantis shrimp, people will pay for it, as they make amazing specimens for specialized species tanks.
I don't know that the store would swap your rocks. They'd certainly be suspicious of the reason. I know I would!
If you have a spare tank, try quarantining each rock, along with a glass bottle trap.
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I'll take a picture and upload it later. Thanks for your reply.
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Basically hoping to determine cause of death, if possible. Mantis and pistol alike will kill other crustaceans, but in different ways.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:29 AM   #16
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The temperature is set at 28 degrees
Am I the only one who caught that?
I'm hoping that was a typo
you still haven't given us any real info like age of your tank or parameters
numbers help like MAC said
saying perfect water don't tell the story

If everything is dropping like flies theirs a reason
high nitrates , ammonia , nitrite , ph
are you or were you treating the tank with anything before all your issues with fish dieing off
your answer's help us help you
how often do you do water changes
what equipment are you running on the tank

from what I read I feel theirs more to it than your telling us
we need to know if you want us to help

I really feel it's more a water issue than a killer hitchhiker
I test daily and also have lfs do it weekly but I never just go on what a clerk at the store says they just want to make another sale
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:39 AM   #17
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I assumed the temp of 28 was in celsius, since OP is in the UK. That's about 82F, just slightly high. I could be wrong on my assumption, though.
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I was never one for metric lol and missed the UK
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I was never one for metric lol and missed the UK
Yeah, when I saw that I had to look under the profile to make sure it was a place that uses metric. Personally, I had I use my app to convert the C to F!! Lol
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I just removed the live rock that the crab was laying against. It was moving and I could see "something" eating it. The rock is now "clicking" as you described. I have attached a picture of the dead crab and you will see it's been a feast for something as were the fish. I think you're right and I have a mantis shrimp in the rock.
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