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Old 07-17-2006, 09:02 PM   #1
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Tank Frustration - Blenny Dead

I'm sad to report I found our Lawnmower Blenny dead when I returned from work today. Only had him a week. I seriously think the Six-Line Wrasse killed him, because I saw him attacking him earlier this week... and the blenny wasn't defending himself. But then I didn't notice this behavious anymore and thought things were fine. Come home today and the Wrasse is ripping at the Blenny's body...and looked like it died many hours before I got home.

Is this a normal part of aquarium keeping? If so, I might be in the wrong hobby cause can't stand to see things die. I assumed these fish were all compatible from what I read and that they would live a long time and die of natural causes, not killing each other. I really liked the blenny too, he was like a little puppy dog of a fish.

What I have left in the tank right now are:
Percula Clown (months)
Six Line Wrasse - On my bad list (couple weeks)
Coral Beauty (couple weeks)
Blue Spotted Watchman Goby (couple weeks)
Pistol Shrimp (couple weeks)
Peppermint Shrimp (months)
Emerald Crabs, other crabs and snails (months).
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Old 07-17-2006, 09:38 PM   #2
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What are your water parameters and how did you acclimate the fish? I had a cardinal die because the bucket I acclimated him in must of been contaminated. Ive heard that fish may die because of the way they were acclimated was rushed, not really an expert though, just a quick response.
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Hi Squado, thanks for the response.

I drip acclimated the fish over a 2 hour period. Before drip acclimating I floated the bags in the tank to get the water termperature equal. I followed the drip acclimation process listed on many sites, approx. doubling the water volume in the bucket over the 2 hour period... at about 6-7 drops / second.

It may be because I added the wrasse, blenny, and goby at the same time? Been reading since I found him dead and it says that the Wrasse should be added last as it can be aggressive. And maybe since the Blenny is really passive it killed it? I have no idea though. :/ I'd love to have a Blenny in the tank to eat the algae, but afraid to ever add another if the Wrasse is going to attack it.
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It may have been the wrasse that did the job. I was just checking out a compatibility chart and saw that there may be caution when adding a blenny with a wrasse. Here is the chart if you wanna check it out.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/general/c...lity_chart.cfm
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From my experience, and what i've read about other hobbyist's experiences, 6 line wrasses can be quite pugnacious, whether or not you get a nice one is 50/50
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Unfortunately, deaths occur in the hobby. Sometimes you have done everything right...and you still lose an animal.
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Old 07-18-2006, 07:27 PM   #7
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Do you think the Wrasse will attack any new Blenny that I put in the tank? Or are there chances that he just picked on that one cause it was weak or something? I'd really like to have a Blenny to munch on the algae, and I really like their behaviour and looks.

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