Clown triggerfish chewing through electrical cable

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Ala Jardine, 5 Apr 2012.

  1. Ala Jardine

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    I was passing the recently (but temporarily) set up tank for my clown triggerfish and noticed the transparent plastic tube I had used as a sheath to protect the electrical cord from a Boyu skimmer (yes, I realise with the seriously great skimmers on the market today, this chap is not much to write home about, but it is also temporary) lying on the substrate - this skimmer is hanging on the side of the tank and the pump is in the aquarium (no sump on this system).

    I reached in with the aquarium tongs to retrieve it and got a serious tingling sensation. It turns out that after removing the protective plastic tubing, the triggerfish had began biting at the electrical cable - she had removed some of the outer black layer and it looked like there were pin-prick marks in the coating of the actual wiring.

    I imagine if I had come in a bit later, she would have bitten / chewed through the cable completely.
     
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    Hey Alan, seems like she's trying to bite to file her teeth (I would imagine)? Do you feed her mussel? Just a tip IMO, try feeding shelled mussel, after eating the mussel, she has the shell to file her teeth down on?
    Just a suggestion
     
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    She is getting a pretty varied diet gMan - small crabs / sand shrimps / brown mussels / red-bait / fresh prawns / oysters / calamari and scallop with roe - but I appreciate the advice. Many thanks.
     

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