In the past 24 hours my 2 cleaner shrimp and 1 fire shrimp have molted and now are missing. Could my hermit crabs and / or strawberry crab have taken them for an easy meal with a soft shell after their molt. I can't seem to find them anywhere. The shells from the cleaner shrimp both had eggs still on them when I found them. The fire shrimp was in many smaller pieces when it was found , this is what I read as normal for them.
I question the strawberry crab the most. He was in the tank when I received it and I do not know that much about them. He is very illusive and since I have had the tank I have only seen him once.
Not to mention that my Blenny also jumped out of the tank and was found dead on the floor during all this , I left the top off only for a couple minutes and that was all it took. I feel horrable that my neglance lead to his death. So sad to loose such a beautiful fish with an amazing personalty.
I really thought it was a water issue so I brought a sample to my LFS
and had it tested and the reasults were near perfect so don't think that was the cause of the disappearing shrimp.
Salinity 1.023 refractometer 1.024 swing gauge
Also a calcium and hardness test that were good but I don't have my log sheet here and don't remember the numbers. One was between 380 and 400 but don't remember what test that was.
Bad weekend for sure. Thanks for any help here.