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Old 03-18-2005, 05:39 AM   #1
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feathers fell off my featherduster!!!!!

The feathers fell off my feather duster today and I was wondering if I can get any input as to why. I heard that they will fall off due to a large amount of stress but all of my tests are good and it has been in the tank for about 5 months now.
ammonia=0
nitrites=0
nitrates=20
ph=8.2
phosphates=0
calcium=460

Is there anything else that would cause this to happen?
Help please!!!!
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Old 03-18-2005, 06:47 AM   #2
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I've heard it, too, as a defense mechanism. Although I have no experience with it, apparently they grow back. Strange, eh?
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Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-18-2005, 06:49 AM   #3
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i have never hear of that but just got into the aquarium game and just bought a huge feather duster... man would i be so ticked off if he lost his feathers. the thing is so beautiful and is soo soothing to watch
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Old 03-18-2005, 10:40 AM   #4
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Reading off some sites, it says they fall off when stressed.
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Old 03-18-2005, 11:22 AM   #5
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yes, they purposely drop them, much like a lizard and his tail, when stressed/spooked.

They grow back though.
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Old 03-18-2005, 02:52 PM   #6
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Do they lose their feathers for any other reason?
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FISH:
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INVERTS:
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Old 03-18-2005, 05:09 PM   #7
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I had one lose them and then it died??? Not sure why. But yes they do drop them when stressed.... Do any fish pick at it that you ahve seen?
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Old 03-18-2005, 05:28 PM   #8
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i had one loose its feathers and thought it died....but then 2 weeks later i noticed it had new feathers...i heard that as long as your water parameters and chemicals are all balanced it will grow back....mine most likely fell off do to stress of me trying to pry it out of its spot...which did not happen...guess sometimes we all learn the hard way...oh and by the way he is twice the size now.


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Old 03-19-2005, 03:07 AM   #9
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My Coral Beauty will pick at the tube once in great while but never at the feathers. Now my other feather duster just lost it's feathers today.
AHHHHH
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30# Argonite Sand
FISH:
Yellow Watchman Goby, Scooter Blenny, Strawberry Basslet, 6 Line Wrasse, Mandarin Dragonet
INVERTS:
Cortez Crabs, Scarlet Hermit Crabs, Blue Legged Hermit Crabs, Black Turbo Snails, Cerith Snails, Bumble Bee Snails, Astera Snails, 3 Pepermint Shrimp, Feather Duster, Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Clam
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Frogspawn, Mushrooms, Zoos, Polyps, Galaxea,
Starburst, Xenia

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That can't be good....
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