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Old 03-10-2014, 04:05 PM   #1
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Mysterious predator

We have a Neuvo 38 gallon reef setup at my office. Very limited live stock, will list below.

We have a two week old, eating, cherub angelfish about 3/4" long. This angel is now exhibiting torn fins and has a hole under his right eye that looks like its going into his mouth. He still eats.

Any ideas of what happened? Water parameters are normal.

Livestock is; cherub angel, gold Midas blenny , two small clown fish, various blue legged crabs and snails and a fire shrimp. Several bottom dwellers haven't made it as well. I have seen no attacks.
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Use the tall glass trap trick Greg. It could be anything...but then we'll know.
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Describe that to me.
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Take a tall glass and tip it on the side against the rock. Toss some food in and go about your day. Usually by the morning you'll find your man as inverts can't get out. That is if it is something from the rock.
If there is any bullying from the fish, then it could be any of the other fish in reality.
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Got it , thanks.
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Caught him. It was the big Midas blenny. He grabs anyone who gets near his hole.
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Huh. That's interesting behavior. Assuming it is just the size assisting there.
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He grabbed the little angel by the whole face and flung him across the tank. He has become very, very territorial about his hole. Tore all the scales off the little angels face, he's in QT now.
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That's too bad, hope he is ok. Time to rehome or rescape for your blenny.
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I moved him to one of the frag tanks and will hope he recovers.
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