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Old 08-23-2005, 07:14 PM   #1
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I came home today and went to feed my sixline wrasse, usually he is there to greet me, but I didn't see him anywhere. As I began to get really worried I noticed it floating next to my skimmer return pipe. Now I'm completely bummed out. Upon closer examination I saw that he was missing a chunk out of his upper back.
I added a Banggai Cardinal on Saturday. The had been avoiding each other and I didn't see any signs of aggresion, assuming there would be some. I am wondering if the cardinal attacked him, or if maybe he tried to swim through too small of a hole in the rocks (which I doubt). Its a pretty deep chunk. I was under the impression that cardinal fish weren't aggressive. Man this really sucks, he was an awesome fish. If anyone has any thoughts, I would like to hear them. TIA
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:52 PM   #2
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aww, my six line is one of my favorites also. I have two of those cardinals myself and they don't seem to bother eachother. In fact my six line attacks my chromis occasionally. Though I do notice that the sixline steers clear of the cardinals. what else do you have in your tank?
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Old 08-23-2005, 09:08 PM   #3
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I have a crocea clam, 3 peppermint shrimp, sea hare, porcelain crab, a hitch-hicker crab or two, star polyps, and 2 pieces of sps. I can't imagine a crab getting ahold if it.
I had the sixline for about two months, and I could spend hours watching him. I'm not sure if I could bring myself to get another one.
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cant see the cardinal doing it unless you just added it some adults are territorial when alone but i still doubt it if it was over night i would guess a rock crab grabed him while he was sleeping in the rocks but im shure he would have been eatin completly
mean powerhead mabey
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I dont believe the cardinal fish did it either. Hard to say though what did.
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Old 08-23-2005, 09:35 PM   #6
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Wow, if the corals are doing ok I can't imagine it being a water quality issue. And if something did take a bite out of him, I guess it's possible it could be the cardinal. It's odd though because when my cardinals get territorial they wip their tails around and the fish back off.
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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.

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Thats a thought too, the powerhead. Seems more likely.
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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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One of my friends pointed out that something may have taken a piece out after he died. I just put in a new powerhead, Seio m620, but I think that is safe. All his fins looked in good shape so I don't think it was the cardinal terrorizing him or a powerhead. Well I guess I'll have to go crab hunting again.
I just put the sps corals in last night, so they aren't a good measure of water quality. Here are my water test results:

ammonia ~ 0
nitrite ~ 0
Alkalinity - 3.2
Calcium - 360
Specific gravity - 1.022
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