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Old 02-20-2005, 06:01 PM   #1
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Xenia under attack

hi. my Xenia elogata is getting picked on badly by a Lysmata amboinensis. the cleaner shrimp is picking the tentacles off of the Xenia's polyps and eating them as wells as ripping them apart during feeding time to get any food the poor thing has captured for itself.
i know that its a rough world in the natural reef, but this seems cruel. what the heck should i do? i like the Lysmata but i like the Xenia too.
is this a sign i should be feeding more often? i feed about once or twice a day as it is, but maybe im not feeding large enough proportiongs to keep the Lysmata's happy. i have 2 in a 29 gallon tank. they seem happy as could be - no tension between them (other than slight sexual tension from when they mate ) but maybe the competition for food between the two of em is too much... what do ya'll think??


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Old 02-20-2005, 08:55 PM   #2
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I had some peppermint shrimp that were constantly eating my mushrooms and tore a hole in my bubble coral. I got rid of them and all my problems went away. I warned the friend who gave them a home, but he really liked them at first. Eventually they caused too many problems for him and he was able to capture 2 and put them in his sump, the other two were impossible to catch. They were proven trouble makers . My advise is, get rid of em. If they are a problem now, they will only get worse. Also, you will find yourself buying more corals, and possibly more destruction will ensue. I know it sux, I loved my shrimp and could not imagine if I had to give up my cleaner, but those poor corals...
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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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