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Old 07-27-2014, 10:20 PM   #1
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Clicking sound in reef tank

Keep hearing this weird clicking sound in my tank . Typically it occurs when the lights are off.

My tank :

120 gallon peninsula rimless

Inmates:

Sailfin tang
Blue tang
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3 clown fish
2 long nose hawk fish
2 watchmen goby
3 cleaner shrimp
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Couple of hermits
Couple of turbo snails
Red Sea fan
Zoa colony
Elegant coral

One of my hawk fish has disappeared, a couple turbo snails gone.

I have heard that mantis and pistol shrimp produce a clicking sound but haven't seen either.

Any thoughts?
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Either one or the other. Tilt a glass on its side against the rocks and put some food in it. See what goes for the bait.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:44 AM   #3
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Use a red light and investigate the tank a few hours after the lights go off. Also pay close attention to the sand bed and see if you notice any changes or rubble forming around a rock.
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I've had a clicking shrimp hiding in my rock for years and years. I hear the clicks at night and I have what I call "the grave yard" which is where it piles up snail shells. I just buy new snails about once a year and pull the shells out sometimes. I know its killing them cause the dead snails are in teh exact same spot every time.
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:27 PM   #5
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I had same in mine and found this little guy when took a rock out to clean it.Click image for larger version

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Old 07-28-2014, 11:49 PM   #6
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I had same in mine and found this little guy when took a rock out to clean it.Attachment 244731


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Yikes! How big was the pistol shrimp? Hard to tell from the pic.

Tried looking last night with a red light, couldn't find anything.
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I have a mantis shrimp (on purpose) and she moves her gravel around every day. She has a burrow which she closes up at night with pebbles. So yeah I'd look for pebbles that weren't there before or possibly set a trap to see what you can catch. Mantis shrimp can swim so a tilted glass won't really work if that's what it is.


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Trap is set... Will update in the AM...
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Was only small about size of thumb nail but still hear it but ain't seen it since.


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Old 07-29-2014, 09:39 AM   #10
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Didn't get anything in the trap... Will try again tonight!
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