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Old 08-12-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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Harlequin Tusk and shrimp

Had a fire shrimp and 3 cleaners. We recently added a harlequin tusk and one by one all my shrimp have disappeared. I also have a long nose hawk who has been in the tank with the shrimp for at least a year. Would you suspect the harlequin of eating the shrimp?
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:33 PM   #2
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The harlequin is a wrasse, an a fairly large one at that.
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:51 PM   #3
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And so it would not eat the shrimp?
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:07 PM   #4
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I was on another site about a month ago reading and someone else had posted that they added one of these and it went after their shrimp. I think he bought some other kind of shrimp or something to that nature and it ate those instead so I'm guessing he's your culprit. I will see if I can find the thread again or one similar.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:12 PM   #5
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This isn't the thread I originally read but if you'll read down it says they eat crustaceans.

http://www.fishchannel.com/fish-excl...-tuskfish.aspx

Sorry about your shrimp.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:19 PM   #6
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Thank you. He may have to go cause I really like the shrimp. I figure he's eaten bout a hundred dollars worth!
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:23 PM   #7
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I read the link. Very informative. My husband brought him home cause he "looked cool". That's usually not a good reason.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:15 AM   #8
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I love my shrimp too! My favorite is my red fire shrimp! He's very cool and easy going.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:38 AM   #9
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It's possible that the hawkfish ate the shrimp. Hawkfish are crustacean predators.
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:57 PM   #10
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I considered that but they didn't start disappearing until tusk came. Now that I've read up on him, I don't think he's going to be good in my tank long term.
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