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Old 01-17-2004, 08:58 PM   #1
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killer sallylightfoot??

Has anyone ever had problems with Sallylightfoot crabs eating or killing fish. I lost an Ocellaris clown recently and now my yellow watchman goby is missing and the only things in the tank are a finger leather, cabbage leather, small blue damsel and the crab. Its a 20 gallon tank with about 30lbs of LR neither of the missing fish were huge, the clown was may 1-1.5" and the goby was around 2". Would the crab go after these guys, everything else tests fine pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, Ca, alk, PO4, salinity, temp...I'm at a loss.
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Old 01-17-2004, 09:20 PM   #2
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I forgot, there is also a coral banded shrimp in there, would he go after these fish? There is a 3" gap in the back of the current canopy that would allow an acrobatic fish a possibility of escape, but otherwise the tank is completely covered. I haven't found any signs of that they jumped out. If they did, we have a cat that could've eaten them I guess. But I don't think he's that smart Anybody with any likely scenarios...I want to solve this mystery...
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id bet on the damsel or the shrimp. they are both devils and will attack fish, the shrimp will even eat them. my damsel killed 2 of my fish before i got rid of him. watch for possible nipping from the damsel, or try to look in at night and see if the shrimp is trying to hunt. good luck with them.
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The inverts and damsel are innocent of the goby's death. Apparently things were not going well in his life and this drove him to leap from the tank. After some more investigating I found him under the tank stand. Its amazing that it could get out of the tank seeing as how the opening at the back is only about 1/3 of the tank length and 3" tall and at a right angle. He would have had to jump out of the water and then turn 90 degrees. Oh well, lesson learned, when I goto my new pendant light I guess I'll have to screen off the tank top somehow.
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