Sexy Shrimp eating SPS?

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  1. 2balive

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    Have anyone ever seen or heard of sexy shrimp attacking/eating SPS?

    Found my two sexy shrimps on my birds nets going mad, plucking at its polyps. It looks like it was eating it.

    Afterwards the coral was showing black spots were the polyps were and no polyps has extended from the area they grazed afterwards.

    Now worried they will attack my other SPS?

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  3. hadiosbourne

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    i Read somewhere that if they don't get enough food they'll start eating the polyps,
    What you should do is to make sure they eat, try target feeding.
     
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    also read they will nosh sps polyps if hungry
     
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    Speak to @regis , his have nipped on a few things
     
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    Ive read many times that the are prone to eating polyps....irrespective of weather they are well fed or not....it may have something to do with the health of the coral, or they may just have developed a taste for that coral....I reckon they hit and miss, much the same way as Dwarf angels.

    I think you should get rid of them :whistling:.....(give them to me lol)
     
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    Wouldnt surprise me, I had a camelback shrimp that did the same
     
  8. regis

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    My sexy shrimp eat the skirts off my zoanthides and I no longer have a birdsnets. They eat constanlty, you cant keep up, I just let them do what they want, you wanna buy some more
     
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    Camelback/dancing shrimp almost always eat coral...especially zoanthids and Xenia. LFS who sell them as reef safe should be slapped.
     
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    The have behaved for the last 8 moths, now suddenly gone mad!!! And only on the one coral, but have spied them sitting on another SPS last night.

    Have cut back on feeding in the last two months as i have had a bit to much algae inside the DT. My new wave controller also does not allow me to disengage the return pump.

    Suspect the two had to work harder for their food and have seen them all over the tank as apposed to sitting on their favorite rock.

    Will target feed and sort out my return pump, lets see where this go...
     
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    I am with @lord blackadder camel backs are often sold as peppermint, sexy and any other name shrimp, unfortunately.

    They love to chow coral and are not shy about it either!

    Can we get a super close up of the buggers?
     
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    raise your magnesium to about 1700ppm and your algae will die slowly
     
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    Say goodbye to your corals then also
     
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    :lol: lol, nice reply!
     
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    Be careful with high mg and cal, what people don't realize is when it starts binding to your substrate and creating a concrete type of effect.

    Rather look at your nutrient export and then figure out why you have algae.
     
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    wow ive done high mg before and havent experienced that before. Magnesium prevents precipitation doesnt it?
     
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    Wuw silver...

    I have a LITTLE bit more algae than what I want, so is feeding a LITTLE bit less. This is a nano, so small changes.

    I will see what options I have to put the return pump onto the controller so that I can pause it for feeding, will allow my shrimps to get to a little bit more food.
     
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    I am nearly 100% sure it is a sexy shrimp. Their camouflage seams to confuse my Nikkon's auto focus, so actually never manage to get a nice photo of them, but see what I can do.
     
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    they are sexy shrimp. Seen em. Really cute guys
     
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    It does slow down or reduce precipitation so what do you think the lose cal and trace binds to ;)
     
  21. regis

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    they are sexy shrimp, and they will aggrivate corals by stealing food from them and eat what ever they want.
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