Hawkfish attacking cleaner shrimp!
A couple of weeks ago I added a small cleaner shrimp to my 75g tank; he didn’t last two days. I presumed that my hawkfish was the culprit because of his general attitude, but I had no proof.
Today, I introduced a large cleaner shrimp; within about an hour, I found the hawkfish with a pair of feelers sticking out of his mouth. Naturally, I presumed the shrimp had become dinner.
Well, I just spotted the shrimp alive and moving around the rocks pretty quickly; turns out the hawkfish is definitely harassing the shrimp.
Why would a hawkfish, or any fish, pester, maim, and/or kill a cleaner shrimp?
Current Project • 300g
Lost in March, 2019 to major flooding:
29g JBJ NanoCube • 75g Aqueon • 110g Oceanic Systems Model 4 • 11" Red Montipora