My darling lawnmower blenny is dead!
It looks like someone ate his tummy and some of his face. 8O I have had him for over a month now and he has been eating well and very active. I checked my water and it is the same as usual - pH 8.1, SG
1.025, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, and nitrate 10. He has been eating all the food I put in the tank: formula one, formula two, mysis, brine shrimp, and daphnia.
I looked for him this morning at feeding time (when he has always been front and center). He never showed and I couldn't find him behind any of the rocks. When I came home later this afternoon he was being nibbled on by one of my cleaner shrimp. Could they have killed him?
Could I possible have a small mantis shrimp that killed him, but couldn't finish him off?
My tank is a 26-gallon with 2 false perculas, 2 rose anemones, a plate coral, a frogspawn, 2 skunk cleaners, 6 red legged hermits, 6 blue legged hermits, one fromia starfish, and 9 astrea snails.
I have seen the cleaners cleaning him on numerous occasions - could they have become overzealous? I have never heard snapping sounds from my tank at night.
Please help with insight. I need to know what happened to my poor blenny so it doesn't get to my clowns.
Thank you so much for your help.