Hammer coral ate clown goby

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  1. fugdub

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    Hi all.

    Woke up this morning to find my frogspawn coral feasting on my yellow clown goby? Is this normal behavior and will it eat my clown fish? It's a beautiful coral but don't want to loose anymore fish?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. LCornelius

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    I have never heard of a hammer eating a fish! I have allot of hammers and have never had bad luck with them.

    The only explanation would be that the goby died and ended up onto of the hammer!

    Sorry for your loss!
     
  4. Helga

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    I agree with LCornelius....the goby has most probably died during the night and drifted onto the frogspawn. and frogspawn are serious opportunist....when breakfast land on top of them, they will start chowing it! But catch a live and healthy fish in tank conditions.......I doubt it!!!!
     
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    quick 1.. u know that thread is more than a year old? Helga is long gone, NZ if memory serves, her tank is a unfortunately a shadow of it's former self..
     
  6. Mewik

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    Old thread but hammers will eat healthy fish, not sure why but they can and will if they want to :tt2:

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    are you sure the fish is not hosting in the hammer ? when did you take this photo
     
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    ok... so u'd like to revive the thread... i still believe the year old posts r relevant.. pretty sure that goldie died n ended up in the hammer. too much flow can damage a hammer, so pretty sure it's got no chance against a fish...
     
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    It was an anthias...they do not host in corals to my knowledge. It was swimming around right in front of me, got stung twitched alot on the coral and was dead after i removed it just after taking the pic. I watched the fish swim by it and get stung, went stiff as a board arched over and that was it, twitched a few times then it was dead.
     
  10. Gary Roebuck

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    ... speechless... :suspicious:
     
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    Wow, thats news to me
     
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    My thinking is that the hammer can only sting the fish/livestock if it has an open wound or scratch on it. I don't think they can pierce the scales/skin otherwise. I doubt they would actively hunt or pursue any large prey but they will eat pretty much anything they can when given the chance to have a free meal.

    Of what i know my elegance has eaten 2 cleaner shrimps, endless turbo snails, a sea hare & a clown fish that were alive at the time of being eaten. It takes whole mussels, lance fish, dead fish, blocks of frozen foods etc and swallows them down whole. I suspect it has eaten and blame it for just about anything that has disappeared in my tank.
     
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    ... this gives a whole new meaning to 'predator tank'... sounds like u have some seriously aggressive corals there...
     
  14. Daryl Norton

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    Interesting as I have a Hammer and want to get a Elegance:p
     
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    I had a Fungia that ate a cleaner wrasse.
     
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    i think if anemones can sting fish surely a hammer should be able to do too
     
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    hehe...i have a couple of each, n they've never eaten anything bigger than mysis or tiny bits of hake...

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