Shrimp and pixie hawk

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by ScottK, 15 Jul 2012.

  1. ScottK

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    Not sure what to do and I really don't want to bin my pixie hawk fish but every shrimp I add becomes a tasty meal for my pixie hawk fish. I have tried getting larger shrimp and the hawk fish just nips at them until the give up on life.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  3. Dot Dash

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    I just love the Longnose Hawkfish, but that is the reason I won't get one. You either have Hawkfish or shrimps.
     
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    I really don't think there is much you can do...they eat shrimp...:(...maybe sump him...do some Aqua-scaping and re-introduce him, then he might not be so aggressive towards other fish as he will be "introduced" last...:blush:
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    He's been fine with any fish I've introduced luckily, even small clowns. He lived peacefully with a shrimp that I had but any new ones I add are a very expensive meal. Guess I will just have to add something different to do the cleaning job of the shrimp.
     
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    I have tried various shrimp and crabs with my pixie and they all got eaten.
    The only crab that survived is one of the my bigger hermits and even they are at risk spcially when they molt. It came down to the descision of shrimp or hawkfish, I decide to stick with the hawkfish.
     
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    Even hermit crabs @Mc, really??
     
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    Yep they started disapearing slowly, they seem to last a while but I think he gets them when they climb out of there shells to molt. The ones I had are the dwarf hermits, so it might be ok with bigger species.
    I have one white tipped dwarf that has gotten quite big and has survived for 6 months but he took out all the others.
     
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    Luckily my hermits seem to be fine, they are all pretty big though.
    @Mc what do you have in your cleanup crew?
     
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    A hermit
    2 false trochus snails ( I found these guys to be really good algae eaters)
    One sea hare (came in as a hitch hiker)
    2 nassarius snails
    Lots of critters in the liverock, like bristle stars and bristle worms
    A long spine urchin
    A few dwarf cushion stars
     
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    Had the same probleme.
    Now my hawk fish stays in my sump.:(
     
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    I'm not convinced we should accept that all Hawkfish "will" eat shrimp and hermits. I have had 2 Longnose Hawkfish and now the Flame Hawk in my tank with very small up to big shrimp and hermits and have never seen one of them ever nipped at my shrimp or hermits. My experience with the Longnose Hawks is that they are more of a solitary little fish than my Flame hawk. Both of them made a pump or the magnet their perch while checking out the scenery. The Flame hawk hops between the SPS's and live rock in close proximity to were the shrimp live and his never nipped them.

    Maybe you just have a bad boy their. Try feeding him tiny pieces of lance fish with a feeding tube. I feed mine bite size lance fish every other day. Maybe thats what keeps mine from nipping.
     
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    Pixie (the pinky spotted one I assume) are pretty agro.
    They are quite common locally, and many years ago when I used to catch them , I remember them being particularly predatory to inverts and small fish added to the aquarium.

    Most literature warns of this characteristic. The flame and longnose are definitely more reef safe.
     
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    I've got a swallowtail hawkfish that doesn't bother my shrimp, but it's the only species I've kept that doesn't. Shrimp are just a major part of the hawkfish diet so it's not really possible to get around it.

    You could try coral banded shrimp instead of cleaners. They usually hold their own, even against big wrecking ball fish like triggers.
     
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    Thats what I always thought, however, my Floral wrasse (Chelinius chlorourus) made short work of my coral banded shrimp. Put him in my FO system, and within a few days a fully grown shrimp was gone !
     
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    Impressive. Must be a wrasse thing. I've had a large Coris formosa do the same to a CBS. Have kept them with numerous triggers, hawks and even lionfish though and haven't had any get eaten (yet).
     
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    So nice when u can get CBS for Free. Lets see a Valie try that:tt2:
     
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