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Old 04-05-2012, 06:04 PM   #21
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I have an emerald Crab. Should I be worried?
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:49 PM   #22
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I have an emerald Crab. Should I be worried?
Emerald crabs usually eat algaes and the like and don't go after swimming fish EXCEPT when they have no other food sources. So if you have enough food for the crab, he should leave your fish alone. A totally clean tank could be trouble for your fish.
Best bet, keep your eyes open for missing fish

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Old 04-05-2012, 06:59 PM   #23
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I had the same problem, 1 day my blue damsel was missing then a firefish the next day. The following day I decided to check the tank in the middle of the night and caught my peppermint shrimp eating a pajama cardinalfish. Ever since I removed the peppermint shrimp I haven't had any deaths
I have to ask, are you sure that you have an atlantic peppermint shrimp? (They also come from the Pacific but are not the same animal.)Considering that there are basically 4 species of "Peppermint" shrimp from the atlantic, you may have gotten one that is more a hunter than a scavenger. Scavengers don't usually kill fish, they eat dead fish. (There's a difference.) Some shrimps as well as lobsters, kill the food they eat so they would not be considered "scavengers" but more predators.
I have found that the Peppermints from the Florida Keys are the best at leaving the fish alone and eating the aptasia.
Just my 2 cents from someone whose been there

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Old 04-05-2012, 09:12 PM   #24
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Really there's different types of shrimp which is the best for cleaning
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:47 PM   #25
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Really there's different types of shrimp which is the best for cleaning
If you are talking about the best shrimps for cleaning parasites from fish, the best ones I've found are Pedersoni Anemone shrimp, Scarlet Cleaner shrimp (a.k.a. Eel cleaner shrimp) or Fire shrimp. If you are looking for general clean up crews for excess food & things, Banded Coral Shrimp (both Atlantic & Pacific varieties), Peppermint shrimps from the FL keys & Camel shrimp top my list. There may be others that people have had good luck with but I've had great success with these shrimps in my tanks over the years.

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How much do the fish cleaners usually fcost
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How much do the fish cleaners usually fcost

Since shrimp don't always ship well, my suggestion is to go to your local fish store and see what they sell for there. Get one you can afford and don't settle on something else if it doesn't fit your needs.

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Old 04-05-2012, 10:35 PM   #28
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Hey everyone--I'm so sorry I didn't get back to you about this.


This mystery has been solved, but THANKS FOR ALL YOUR ANSWERS!!!

The fish were missing a couple days only, when I went to the tank and saw that I had TWO damselfish in there... When two had been missing and one remaining just the day before. The little damselfish who had come back home was doing spirals at the bottom and I made the connection pretty quick. He died the next morning--swim bladder. My heater isn't all that powerful (I replaced it this morning though, to prevent this from happening again) and when the temp in my room dropped the heater didn't kick in and I think that was the main cause.
I pulled up all the plants (which I had done before but not as efficiently) and found the other little damsel dead under the Lok-Rocks. He went down the toilet with his comrade.

So two damsel fish have died -- I'm fairly certain, the way the little damsel was doing circles and struggling and eventually lying on his side, unable to swim -- it was swim bladder. It is possible the other fish were bullying him, as that's also a cause of swim bladder.

So thanks so much for all of your responses!!! I'm glad the mystery is solved!!!
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:15 PM   #30
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Sorry to hear about your loses but at least you know for sure what happened. Damsels can be very territorial so for the future, you want to keep damsels of the same size together with A LOT of territories.
Also, try not disturbing the gravel so much.
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