I am mourning...

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  1. Tobes

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    My cleaner shrimp died, had him for over a year. He was 75mm(3 inches) long - I know they're not expensive, but he was my friend...
    Fish in the system for quite some time now: cleaner wrasse, sixline wrasse, fire goby, midas blenny, algae blenny, coral beauty, sailfin tang, tile fish, common clown, false grammar and 6 humbugs(hope it's right). Water parameters are excellent and temp constant at 26deg.

    He looked fine the previous day and still took a piece of prawn from my fingers. What could've caused this? :(
     
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    Sorry for your loss Tobes. Remember shrimps don't have a particular long lifespan and by the sounds of it, he was fully grown, may have just been old age. :(
     
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    sory to hear that dude, yip warr is right yours were 'n oupa/ouma:(
     
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    Are you sure he is dead? Is it not just his exoskeleton you have found is it?
     
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    i am sorry dude
     
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    Tobes - Hill might be correct. Wait a day or two to see if your shrimp makes it's appearance again....
     
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    Tobes Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    Hi guys, I am positive he's dead - He was stuck to the seio and it wasn't just his skeleton, it was white thick meat, he's definitaly gone. He couldn't hide in my tank anyway, it's only a cube of 600x600x600 - you always saw a feeler sticking out somewhere...

    It's OK to die of old age...not OK to be too weak to get away from a seio and get the life sucked out of you...:(
     
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    Hey Tobes

    do you have all those fish in a tank with a size of only 600x600x600?
     
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    If the fish look happy then your tank is cool but do you have a bigger tank in the plan?
    Sorry about your shrimp happend with my first fish not to long ago.
     
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    Total system volume is about 300litres, got a 120litre refugium + a small hang on refugium and the sump. Fish are all smallish and quite happy, 6 of the fish are humbugs as big as your thumb nail. Biggest fish is the coral beauty which is 40-50mm.:wave2:
     
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    Cool, What are humbugs? Can you post any pictures of them?
     
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    Looks like bees, yellow with black horizontal stripes - LFS said they're humbugs, hope I heard right... Will see if I can snap some pics.
     
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    Damsels?
     
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    Aye they are part of the damsel family
     
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    Sounds a bit like Bicolour chromis. Has it got 2 horizontal black stripes along the length of it's body? If it is then you need to get rid of them, apparently they get very aggressive as they get older.
     
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    Humbugs? The only humbugs I know of is a humbug damsel, which is black and white stripes (not straight stripes, wavey/curvey stripes)....

    Yellow and black striped damsel makes me think of a sergeant major damsel...
     
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    Is that it?
     
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    Ocean, yes that is a Humbug. The only yellow and black damsel with horizontal stripes is a juvenile Behn's Damsel. Maybe if you look at this link you can confirm if this is what they look like.

    Neoglyphidodon
     
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