Shrimp missing

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  1. Warr7207

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    Do any of these creatures below eat cleaner shrimps, I have a unit missing and cannot find it in the tank, dead or alive ?

    Fish I have Yello Tang, clown, domino, blenny, shrimps (boxer, fire shrimp & cleaner) and couple of hermits.
     
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  3. mandarinman

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    boxer could have snipped him but this is speculation
     
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    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    How long has he been missing? They do tend to "disappear" when the loose their exoskeleton.
     
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    well if you say he's missing,the boxer is isnt called a boxing shrimp for nothing,they are aggressive
     
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    He could have moulted and is now in hiding for a while.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Agree with Viper, they moult fairly regularly, when then do, their new shell is soft for a few days, they will hide until it toughens up again.
     
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    viper is probably correct
     
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    Same thing.
     
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    I will check in the next couple of days, see if the shrimp reappear.
     
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    Also, see if you can find an empty shrimp casing.
     
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    how long has he been missing for?
     
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    Mine usually disappear after a water change, are you adding Iodine to your water?
     
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    Sorry to HIJACK!! But why add IODINE?
     
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    No Iodine, 2 days
     
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    It is said that they need it to help moulting, apparently soft corals also "need" it.
     
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    Learn something new every day. Shame my shrimps must have a tough life:)
     
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    The chances are. your system is pretty new, so your iodine would not be affected, with regular water changes, there should be no need to worry about adding extras.
     
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    Do mature tanks lack iodine ? Shouldn't there be Iodine in the salt water ?
     
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    if you keep up with reglular water changes,there will be no need for iodine.yes lots of Synthetic brands of salt contain Iodine aswell as our NSW
     
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    I would think so, sea salt has loads of Iodine and is very important for human's metabolism. thyroid gland etc.
     
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