I'm new to the forum and recently purchased a sand sifting star. I have a 30gal tank with some LR
, a percula clown, a tomato clown (they actually get along!), a royal gramma, cleaner shrimp and a peppermint shrimp. As well as a regular cleanup crew with snails and some blue legs.
I was kind of thrown into this hobby a couple of years ago when a roommate aquired a 20gal SW
tank and had no idea what to do with it. In order to keep the percula clown that came with it alive I started reading and have managed to keep him with me for the past 2 and a half years. =) But I am far from expert at this stuff, constantly learning from mistakes.
So recently I purchased a small sand sifting star from a pretty reputably fish store. I dont have a hospital tank and placed the star right in (I know this is a big NO NO). After just a few days the star was doing it's thing and I noticed a small tip of one of it's legs appears to have been bitten or ripped off. I thought maybe I had overlooked it when I purchased the star but the next day a much larger section was missing! At this point I started watching the tank and noticed my peppermint shrimp taking small peices from the leg. I removed him thinking he was the culprit but the next day the whole leg was missing!! =( Do you think I could have a mantis shrimp in my tank? Or would this more likely be some sort of fungus that the star came with? My water chemistry appears to be perfect.. I know stars are pretty sensitive to water changes and have made sure to match the levels. Can someone help?? I feel so bad =(
Sorry about the long post!