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Old 12-02-2006, 02:50 PM   #1
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Cleaner being ganged up on

So last night I was at the LFS to buy some salt. While I was there I just *happened* to walk by the tanks. They had 1 skunk cleaner and it was only $19.00. He looked a little small but I've always wanted one so I figured what the heck. I got him home and sat by the bucket for 3 hours while he acclimated to my tank (drip).
For some reason he looked even smaller next to my tank - anyway, after the 3 hours I scooped him up and gently placed him on a rock.
Now, I have this other fish that I was a little concerned about, a skunkback pseudochromis. I only have a few fish but this one is my favorite - he has the most character. He is constantly checkout the lr for any movement. If he sees something he just hovers motionless staring at it, sort of like a humming bird. Then he'll just smash into it - snails, hermits, etc usually knocking them to the sand.
The poor little cleaner wasn't in there more than 1 minute before the fish spotted him. Instantly the fish started in on the cleaner - I found myself yelling at the fish and waving my hands trying to scare him away
Well eventually the cleaner found the safety of a cave under a rock. The problem there was that the cave was excavated by a pistol shrimp. The cleaner disappeared and it took all of 5 seconds before I heard *POP* and then a few seconds later another *POP*.
He made it back out to safety but I think it might be a while before he feels brave enough to start his cleaning duties.

So that was my Friday night excitement!

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Old 12-03-2006, 02:04 AM   #2
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Much better excitement than watching the tube.
I had a similar situation.
Hope your little guy makes it.
Good deal on the shrimp.
My wife paid almost $30 for her first one.

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Old 12-03-2006, 05:47 PM   #3
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Well I haven't seen him yet today. I'm hoping he's just in the back somewhere.
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I had put a peppermint shrimp in my 55gal with a bi-color pseudochromis, and it did the same thing (beating it up a little bit). I saw the shrimp go into a hole and I hadn't seen him for a few weeks and i thought it had been eaten by my bi-color. BUT, 5 MONTHS LATER...i saw the shrimp stick his head out of a hole in the LR! Cool... He's still alive and kicking...
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Old 12-05-2006, 05:53 PM   #5
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Ha ha, cool! It's amazing that we will spend $20 or more for something we might see a couple of times a year.

I found mine last night - he was in the back hanging under some rock ... woohoo!
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Cool, keep in mind, they tend to hide after a molt.

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