What killed my Auriga butterfly??????

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  1. Tobes

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    Something killed my Auriga butterfly fish during the night [​IMG]

    All the other fish are fine and there are no diseases or something like that in the tank. Yesterday evening he still ate frozen artemia very eagerly. Found him now with one eye out and his fins bit to pieces.

    The only fish I have in my tank is the cleaner wrasse, the leopard wrasse, the mimic lemon peel tang (chocolate surgeon), and the scopa tang and the 2 cleaner shrimps.

    All the fish are still juvies as was the butterfly. And they are some of the more hardy butterflies to keep and my water parameters are all 100%...

    don't understand this [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry to hear Tobes :(
    Have you checked for any hitch hiker crabs?
     
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    there must be a crab hidding in your system i am almost sure of it
     
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    Do you have bristle stars? It's incredible the amount of life in a tank that goes unnoticed.
     
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    Yes, very small - I can't see a small bristle star attack and kill a healthy fish of about 40 - 50mm.
     
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    Sorry to hear Tobes

    Hope it's not a mantis....
     
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    Tobes Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    Nah, don't think so - have the rock for a long time now and nothing else ever died - besides, the mantis would surely eat it?
     
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    It probably saw you sleepwalking in your birthday suit and died of fright.

    Sorry :blushing:
     
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    Yeah, was just kidding...you know me and the damn mantis shrimps ;). Wouldn't wish that kind of nightmare on anyone.
    Wish I could help more.
     
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    Tobes. Take a look at night when your lights are out, you should find the culprit crawling around somewhere.
     
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    Sorry to hear, mate! This is not a nice thing to hear!

    Was there ANY aggression between the tangs, and the butterfly at all?
     
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    Ag, these things happen :(

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    Sometimes I saw a little bit "hey watch it" attitude, but no aggression between the scopa and the chocolate - besides, the scopa is only 3 - 4cm and the chocolate about 5 - 6cm. Do you think it could be one of them?
    If you look at the fins of the butterfly it looks like a fish nipped at them - but which one?
    Anyway, doesn't help I break my head about it as long as there's no fighting between the rest of them.
     
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    It could b a crab that has been growing slowly in your tank for all this time. Put in a few bottle traps and c what u catch
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    the fins cud have been nipped after the fish died ,same goes for the eye .....
     
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    Soory bud that really sucks man sorry
     
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    Sorry to hear tobes!!
     
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    Sorry for loss dude! Just hope there's no more fighting!
     
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