Carnivorous Coral??

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  1. AllanEcc

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    A few week as ago we lost a cleaner shrimp. We found the remains but had no idea how it died.

    Last night at 2200 we saw a cleaner shrimp caught by a large mushroom coral. It is the type that closes in on itself at night. The dead shrimp was trapped. This morning there was no sign at all of the shrimp.

    Has anyone heard of shrimp-eating mushrooms?
     
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    If it is the one I am thinking of, YES, extremely predatory. Slowly closes around the victim. They grow huge. lots of little "knobs" on surface with smooth edges on the outer rim?
     
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    mushroom is family of anemones.

    so yeah, they can, and will. Especially those extra large plate size mushrooms.
     
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    Yep - that is it. LFS neglected to advise us. Going to swop it for something else.
     
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    Ha ha warned a mate about these giant mushrooms.
    He wouldn't listen till it ate one of his cute clowns !
     
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    My amplexidiscus mushroom has eaten countless shrimp as well as two damsels and a cleaner wrasse .
     
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    Thanks @459b for the ID.
     
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    will swop you, what do you want, have a lovely sarcophyton group of mushroom, how big is your shroom?
     
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    ..:eek:..:eek: such a sly way of catching it's food...poor unsuspecting Fishy's and Shrimps..:blush:
    http://animal-world.com/Aquarium-Coral-Reefs/Giant-Cup-Mushroom
     
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    Carlos - the really big one's, actually look a LOT like carpet anemone's - and they can sometimes be confused as well....
     
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    Most large mushrooms will do this. Amplexidiscus are the absolute worst...don't know why LFS even sell them.
     
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    They make an awesome feature in the tank. When fully open mine is over 30cm in diameter.
     
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    So do fish. :tt2:
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:

    True Dave ...I know your helped out with a little damsel problem you had ! But seriously I love them...and a bit safer than a carpet ;)
     
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    I prefer coral
     
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