Cleaner Shrimp Losing Legs !!

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  1. Gus

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    Hi Guys,

    I have 2 cleaner shrimp in my 28G Nanocube. This morning, 1 of the shrimp has lost all his antennae and what looks like front legs !!

    What could have done this ? I have a resident gorilla crab which Im trying to get rid of but don't know if it would do that.

    Will his legs and antennae grow back when he moults ?

    Thanks.

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  3. 459b

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    Gorilla crab coul do that
    Antenna and legs will grow back after a moult or two
     
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  4. Gus

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    Thanks so much, whats the best way to get rid of the gorilla crab ? Ive heard of a torch with red cellophane to see it at night ? Ive also seen a trap sold for them. I cant take the live rock out the tank as its all aquascaped together.
     
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    whiskey glass with some food in it. But the cleaners will also go for it. If you can, sump the cleaners for day or 2.
     
  6. Gus

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    Thanks Riaan, I have a Nanocube with built in sump so cant sump the cleaners, will stick on a hanging basket for them and target feed mysis.
     
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    what fish do you have? i have noticed that my pj cardinal will go for antenna if that is all he can see, he will then leave it alone ones he realises its a shrimp.
     
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    Ive got a 1 x Scopas Tang who is super chilled, 1 x sand goby, 1 x bi color blenny, 1 x bi color dottyback, 1 x spotted mandarin, 2 x clownfish, 1 x tuxedo urchin, 1 x starfish, 2 x cleaner shrimp, 3 x turbo snails. They all used to get on really well. I have a resident gorilla crab which Riaan thinks is the cause so will try the whiskey glass method and see.
     
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    Have you checked your calcium levels? While still learning a lot in the beginning, my calcium dropped big time and as a result my cleaner lost his antennae. As soon as my calcium was back up his antennae grew back extremely fast.
     
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    How old is the shrimp?
     
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    May i ask how old is this tank??

    And what corals do you have?
     
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