Cleaner shrimp and pocillopora

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by adamwheel, Mar 26, 2012.

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  1. adamwheel

    adamwheel Plankton

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    This morning, I noticed my cleaner shrimp eating my green pocillopora. I came home this afternoon and the entire bottom half is gone.

    Should I assume there was good reason for the shrimp to be eating it (parasite) or are they known to do these things?

    I did a quick search this morning and couldn't find anyone making similar claims.

    Thanks,

    Adam
     
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  3. Kevin3884

    Kevin3884 Tassled File Fish

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    never heard of this ever happening...
     
  4. Zechenia

    Zechenia Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    Mine shrimp ignore my pocillopora. So, I don't think that's a normal thing.
     
  5. leighton1245

    leighton1245 Horrid Stonefish

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    my shrimp was messing with my clam yesterday but never my green pocillopora
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Cleaner shrimps have a good nose for decay, it may just be cleaning up a coral that experienced rapid tissue necrosis. I have never heard of a cleaner eating sps.
     
  7. adamwheel

    adamwheel Plankton

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    I guess it's possible there was some tissue decay. There was a very small dead spot on it. I had thought the dead spot was from an earlier time when I was light acclimating the frag and it fell and rested on that spot for part of the day. The rest seemed very healthy and polyps were fully extended at all times. The shrimp tore off half of the frag though.
    I did see him working it to his mouth.
     
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  9. Seano Hermano

    Seano Hermano Giant Squid

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    +1 to this.