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Old 03-01-2012, 11:58 PM   #1
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cleaner shrimp

I've noticed the last week my shrimp was missing and then found him the next day hiding under a rock...now he's finally come out and he's lost his whiskers ( that's the only thing I can thing close of calling them)

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Anyone have any ideas one wats goin on or if he's alright??
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Unless you've got an extremely aggressive fish, an aggressive crustacean (coral banded shrimp, some crabs), my guess would be he had a slight mishap when moulting. Most likely, they'll grow back. I've seen shrimp and crawdads regrow entire limbs over the course of a couple moults.
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I bought a peppermint shrimp that happened to be pregnant and lots of eggs.. I don't see her with eggs anymore and she's a lot smaller the the peppermint shrimp
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I doubt the peppermint shrimp had anything to do with it. They're pretty peaceful.
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What fish do you have? any carnivores?
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What fish do you have? any carnivores?
I have two blue tangs and two clown fish
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I'm going to stick with my initial guess that it was just a moulting error. He should be fine, and they should grow back.
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Possibly your tangs getting pissed off with his cleaning technique a cleaner shrimp is a shrimp at the end of the day, I've had a cleaner for ages doing fine got a powder brown and the same happened to my cleaner but must admit I never saw the tang actually do it, but I also have witnessed other non aggressive fish going for them and killing them, maybe put him in the refugium untill they grow back
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