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Old 07-16-2015, 11:10 AM   #1
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HELP!Murder mystery...

Murder mystery...

In the photo below are all the fish in my DP tank, all but the comet grouper (spotted Blk/Wht) as he's a hider but in there somewhere.

Basically my pulsing Xenia coral started dying off for some unknown reason a long time ago, but this piece hung in there, and is still alive and growing well and fast again... But each time I manoeuvre it back into my DP tank, soon after I notice that it keeps closing up and bits of it look bitten, so something is going on lol!

Also have:

Algae hermit (yel/grn) crabs 4
Blu/Blk legged hermit crabs 2
Tiger cowrie
Nasty snails 2
Strawberry top snails 4
Green brittle star 1
Cucumber 1
Oranges lipped conch 1
Sand dollar 1
Turbo snail 2

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What fish are in the tank? The marine betta (comet) won't bother corals.
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I see a Merten's Butterflyfish in there, there may lie your problem.
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I see a Merten's Butterflyfish in there, there may lie your problem.
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Good eye and good call.
Yh all the fish are in the photo, Yellow tang, Copperband butterfly, 2Chromis, Humbug Damsel, Powder Blue tang..

Taken on bored thank you.

Powder tang?! He's hovering closest out the lot lol.

Hopefully catch something in the act.
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My money would be on the butterfly as coral polyps are one of it's primary foods.
They are NOT "reef safe".
after that the next likely suspect would be the powder blue.
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I do not see a Copperband Butterfly in the pic above, if you are talking about the Butterfly thats in the pics, thats a Merten's Butterflyfish, not a Copperband. If it were a Copperband, I'd say you'd be safer with that one, and not the Merten's.
Merten's Butterflyfish, Atoll Butterflyfish, Chaetodon mertensii
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I do not see a Copperband Butterfly in the pic above, if you are talking about the Butterfly thats in the pics, thats a Merten's Butterflyfish, not a Copperband. If it were a Copperband, I'd say you'd be safer with that one, and not the Merten's.
Merten's Butterflyfish, Atoll Butterflyfish, Chaetodon mertensii
actually I'm pretty sure it's a pearlscale and not a Merten's.
It doesn't have the distinct striping that a Merten's has, but rather the diamond pattern of a pearlscale, that and the fact that pearlscales are considerably more common/available.
But considering they are first cousins and they both eat coral polyps, the verdict remains the same.
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^^, It very well may be the Pearlscale. got get a full on shot, to really see the stripes. either way, its a Buttfly in a Reef, and thats iffy to say the least.
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Approx a year ago when I purchased the butterfly, the fish keeper told me it was a pearlscale copperband, who was I to argue lool. I think I may have a better clearer angled pic (below).

However a year ago when my Xenia was a mammoth, I fragged it, sadly I've not got a pic of the Xenia. I still had the butterfly but never noticed a thing, maybe because my Xenia was just so huge growing like mad I missed any tell tale signs.

I use to frag and sell it on. You can see the butterfly a little better below.

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I'm on night watch at the moment hoping to see some activity lol... Wish me luck hahaha!


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