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Old 03-03-2004, 09:56 PM   #1
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Serpent Start eating my Fish

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I have a red serpent star, feasting on first a flame angel, and now going after a maroon clown... I am segregating him from the tank now, but am a little shocked at his behavior after having him for about 4 months... any ideas to what might have caused the sudden aggression?
The only change I have made recently is adding about 20 hermit crabs...

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one dead flame angel...
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80 pounds live rock. 80 pounds agrocrete....
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The only serpant or brittle stars that are known to be fish predators are the emerald green ones, however, my fist suspicion would go towards the star being hungry.

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The only change I have made recently is adding about 20 hermit crabs...
Both are scavengers and compete for food.
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Darn... The simplest solution is normally the correct one... Humm... what changed: I am going away for a wek, so I upped my clean up crew... therefore, there is less food for all teh scavengers... so they make their own food... Makes sence... thanks a lot for the quick reply...
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Toss him a piece of shrimp and see if that helps. Mine devoured a hermit that died. He ate the whole thing. He had a huge lump for a few days until he digested it all. Every time I throw some blender mush in the tank you can see him pick up the scent immediately. His arms go wild.

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So I should try feeding them directly for a week or so? Think that makes sense... I am still trying to convince my wife that we shouldn't get rid of them... I think they are really neat, and I too have seen their arms go wild when I feed the tank... Perhaps that is all... they are just hungry.
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If there is not enough food for the scavengers that they are trying to eat your fish...then you either need to feed them directly or you need to remove the star.
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