Peppermint shrimp eating my anemone.

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  1. deverrss

    deverrss Astrea Snail

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    yesterday i bought peppermint shrimp to kill the aiptasia in my tank and a bubble tip anemone. last night the shrimp was always behind the anemone and i didn't think nothing of it but this morning when i went to check, the shrimp was on my anemone and half of it was like shriveled up. i put the anemone a top rock and then fed it. its starting to look normal again.
    i dont get what was happening and wether or not i should get rid of the shrimp or to jst keep them.
     
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  3. Annie3410

    Annie3410 Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    are you sure its a true peppermint, not a camelback, which looks very similar. camelbacks are not reef safe.
     
  4. Dasco

    Dasco Vagabond Butterfly

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    ya peppermints have nice clean pinstripes on there body, the camels look a lil deffrent with a big hump on there back.
     
  5. cdeboard

    cdeboard Montipora Digitata

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    nems will shrivel up like that for various reasons.. I say the shrimp was just annoying it.
    Not a big deal. If it stays shriveled or gets worse, then I would be concerned. My sebae nem shriveled up an just kept getting worse for days. Found out the LFS was having issues with their sebae nems and had to reorder. I would keep the shrimp. They are great for aptasia.
     
  6. deverrss

    deverrss Astrea Snail

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    its a peppermint shrimp not a camelback.
    the anemone moved back down to the ground again and the shrimp keep moving straight for it. idk if they are trying to clean it or trying to kill it.
     
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    offensetaken Montipora Digitata

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    Is you nem expelling any kind of waste? The shrimp may be eating the waste. My peppermint does that with my shrooms once in a while!
     
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  9. PharmrJohn

    PharmrJohn The Dude

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    Some shrimp will actually clean anemones (or just try to take food from their tenticles). My CBS was like that with my condy.
     
  10. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    it could be eating it, peppermints do eat aptasia so it wouldnt suprise me if one would try to eat a bigger one. the reefsafe label doesnt cover oddballs, the shrimp dont go to a seminar that briefs them what they can and can't eat.

    i think humans would fail into a non-cannablistic category, but it doesn't mean some societies or individuals have eaten human parts before.

    i would just watch it more before making a decision
     
  11. ZachB

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    I just had this problem with my peppermint. It looked more like a peppermint than a camel, but they are very similar. Mine munched on my new torch coral and ended up getting put in the sump and blended and skimmed as a result (accident).

    Is he actually eating the anemone (tentacles gone / missing / floating) or just cleaning it?
     
  12. deverrss

    deverrss Astrea Snail

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    i called a couple fish stores and they said its jst cleaning it and i also found out my anemone is a Sebae anemone?
    the person i bought it from said it was a bubble tip but when i was searching on the interent and asked someone else about it they said it was a sebae.
    is that different from a bubble tip?