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Old 11-02-2004, 11:07 PM   #1
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Something ATE my serpent star

I had an orange serpent star in my tank. he used to come out all the time. The last week or so I have noticed that he has been hiding alot. I had some issues with my water quality so I thought it was that. now I came home and it is like raw carnage there are pieces of this poor little guy EVERYWHERE!!! Something ripped all his legs off. I think he is dead but of course is in the hardest corner to get at. But who would have done that. The tank is a 20xh with a 1 wc seahorse, a scissortail goby, a blue gudgeon goby and a small chalk bass. I have a few corals and a clean up crew you know shrim, hermits, snails.

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Old 11-02-2004, 11:12 PM   #2
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Water quality can definitely do it. I've found Hermits to be excellent cleaner-uppers. If he died from other causes, they'd still have shredded the body and made a meal out of it. I believe this explains several "missing" fish. When something dies (granted, they've all been small inverts, no fishies yet - hopefully not for several years), I don't even take it out of the tank because they gobble it before it can degrade the water quality. Makes my job a lot easier.

-glares at the shrimp that decided to die behind the LR-

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Old 11-02-2004, 11:28 PM   #3
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Yep happened to my friends tank during the hurricane when her temp when up in her tank, it just fell into little pieces. Her peppermint shrimp had a hay day! Funny, she had 3 other stars that made it just fine too
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150 gallon, 30g fuge/sump, 4.5 watt/gal VHO Lighting, 4" sand bed, 290 lbs LR, CDX-3 Nitrate/Phosphate filter

Female Naso "Isabell" or "Izzy", Emperor Angelfish, Flame Angel, Red Sea Sailfin tang "Bambi", Maroon Clown "Nani", 5 Chromis, 1 Aglae Blenny "Bengi" , Yellow Watchman Goby, pr of Banggai Cardinals, Lyretail Anthia, Six Line Wrasse

1 cleaner shrimp, Coral Banded Shrimp, lettuce nudibranch, 1 sand sifter stars, 1 tiny red brittle star "red", 1 tiny red and white banded serpent star, 2 tiny banded serpent stars, small orange Linkia starfish, assorted hermits and snails. Corals: star polyps, A ton of different types of mushrooms, yellow zooanthids, brown-orangish and light blue paly's, orange ricordia.

90g RR, W/D, 120 lb's LR SF eel, pygmy angel, pr sebae clownfish, 4 chromis. Star Polyps & Mushrooms
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Old 11-03-2004, 12:58 AM   #4
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Yeah i have another star who seemed fine yesterday but I have not seen him today???? mmmm... well my qualit was not terrible my pH dropped just a little to about 7.8 but only for a little while and my nitrates were around 80 BUT now they are better and other things are fine. I guess maybe he was week or something.

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Old 11-03-2004, 02:57 AM   #5
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Yes, I agree that is was most likely water quality. Other than that, the clean up crew was just doing their job.
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