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Old 04-12-2006, 01:21 AM   #1
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Peppermint Shrimp are eating my yellow polyps:(

I had a nice little colony of yellow polyps, and i've started noticing that the colony appears to be shrinking slowly. So I am going to go ahead and blame this on the two Peppermint shrimp i have. The shrimp only come out at night so I'm guessing that's why i don't see them eating the polyps.

I want to get rid of the shrimp before all my yellow polyps are gone. I will deal with the aptaisa another way. How do I get the peppermint shrimp out without tearing my reef apart? They are timid and hide all day.
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Ouch
I did read someplace when I was researching mine that peppermint shrimp will eat them
No idea how to go about trapping them.
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Try a trap w/some food in it....
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I've alread thought of a trap....but that's easier said than done. Shrimp aren't crabs and they can get out of just about anything i can think of to make. Maybe the 2 liter coke bottle trick will work though. In the mean time....i'm moving my yellow polyps somewhere safe. Hopefully I'll catch them soon and exchange them at the LFS.
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coke bottle trick should work...

but they are pretty agile (and quick) and may be able to get out. if you do try it, i would monitor the trap after you turn out the lights, and you should be able to use a net to "close off" the end of the bottle once the shrimp is inside.

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Are you sure that it is the shrimp. Sometimes they will be eating bits of algea that are between them. You dont have an angel in the tank do you. I had some yellow polyps and was disapearing and later found out it was my keyhole munching on them.
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no angels...just a yellow tang, mandarin, yellow goby, 2 clowns and a few chromis. I have some emerald crabs that might be to blame. But i suspect the peppermints first. I've had them for about 9 months and they've gotten rather big.
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I would say the emerald crabs are eating the yellow polyps. I had 1 emerald crab and he killed my yellow leather and my sea squirt
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I`m just saying be sure. You might have the wrong suspect. It dont sound like you`ve got enough evidence. Good Luck
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I`m just saying be sure. You might have the wrong suspect. It dont sound like you`ve got enough evidence. Good Luck
true, i could have the wrong suspect. I saw one of my emeralds eating on one of my zoos today. Not happy about that. I was hoping they wouldn't do that. I'm going to probably trade them back into the LFS once i can catch them. Still debating wether the peppermints have to go as well...
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