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Old 04-19-2006, 09:45 AM   #1
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found mangled

so i found my 6 line wrasse mangled on sat and now i am missing a shrimp. i also had a clown disappear a while back. i know i have a hitchhiker crab in there and thought maybe it was him. i put a glass with a peice of food in the tank last night to see if i could catch him, but all i got was a hermit, lol. the decay caused my nitrites to be at .25 ( nitrate 40, ammonia 0, saltinity 1.25). its a 55 gal and i changed 20 gallons yesterday. the crab is the only thing i can think of, since all that is in there is (was) 2 pepermint shrimps, 3 hermits, and 1 snail. any ideas on what else might be causing this??????
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I would think a crab would do more than mangle, it would eat it.
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well, there was no "meat". it was just some goo (looked blue like his scales) and a skeloton and the shrimp was dining on that. i think the crab got him at night (only see him at night), and the shrimp was finishing it off during the day. i dont know what else it could be......
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Continue with PWC and maybe keep up with the trap. You might get lucky.
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It took me a week of trapping with the glass to catch a crab in my tank. My hermits and snails got the food most nights... but it did pay off..
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well there was no food in there last night and no critter either. im goin to keep trying, if im right that little bugger got 2 fish and a shrimp and i dont appreciate it. is the leaving the food in there over night goin to hurt my water perameters even though it does get eaten?
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Just keep check with your test kits and some PWC would be good.
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i just did a water test and now the nitrites are at .50..... i just did a 20 gal water change the day before yesterday.........

edit: i just checked my ro/di water and its the culprit....reading .50, guess its time to change the filters........

ok, so changed the filters and everything is testing normal again (no3 and no2 are 0 in ro/di), im glad i caught it... now i just have to do some water changes. i still think the crab killed my fish and shrimp, since water was tested while doing upgrade to the 55.... making "water" as i type to do a 50% water change......... and im goin crabbin agian tonight, lol.
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