Goodbye Fire Shrimp

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by RiaanP, 25 Aug 2008.

  1. RiaanP

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    I had a nice Fire Shrimp. very shy always hiding, but nice looking.

    Until while I were checking the tank, just showing my kids some interesting stuff. It just fell off the rock where he was hiding, into the month of the Tube Anemone.

    Grabbed my long sand scratchy and helped him out. As I touched the anemone it retracted and let it go. The Fire Shrimp floated away and landed on the sand, where it continued to mould. In front off us, during the day. Climbed out of the leftover skin and moved to another hiding place. Not very fast and it just hanged around there openly for the rest of the day. Next morning, he was gone. That was two weeks ago.
    Never to be seen again. I think the anemone stung him too much.

    Conclusion: It started to mould between the rocks. Lost his footing in the process and was swept out by the water movement. Falling directly into the Tube Anemone. Got stung more than he could handle, died quitly during the night, and the bristle worms had dinner.
     
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    Damn shame and very unlucky to hit the nem, sorry to hear it.
     
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    Sorry to hear this Riaan... Yeah - that's the reason I don't have shrimps anymore. I want to buy shrimps, but they don't last with my h. magnifica (50cm in diameter)!!!
     
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    Sorry for your luck, shrimps are at their most vulnerable when moulting. I have a tube nemmie and their sting is the most powerful of all nemmies, can even take down a snail or hermit.

    I would suggest placing the tube in a corner of the tank in the open, then all the inmates won't stumble into by mistake.
     
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