Coral muncher

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Hi I woke up this morning to find a perfectly healthy acropora frag, and a clove frag which I was admiring just before lights out last night, completely consumed this morning the whole thing has gone. Who could be the culprit?
All other softies, sps, and lps absolutely untouched.
Parameters spot on as always.
Chalk goby
Kole Tang
Bangaii Cardinalfish
Green Chromis
Clowns
File fish
Peppermint shrimp
Black spiny sea urchin
Tuxedo urchin
Melanarus Wrasse (still in hiding under the sand since purchase Saturday)
Standard CuC.


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Might sound a daft question, but looking at the picture are you sure something hasn't just knocked it off of the frag plug? It kind of looks like the frag has broken away where it was glued to the plug? Something might have knocked it and it has fallen down behind some rockwork?


Otherwise the Melanarus seems the likeliest culprit to me (and he's now gone back into hiding!)

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Yup I think your right with it being yanked off, in which case it’s most likely one of the hermits or an urchin. It will be in the deep dark abyss of the rockwork if that’s what happened . Thank you


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Suspect caught! Been watching him since my post. He’s levering the frags away from the plug probably to see if the plug is a shell he can use? Despite having a variety of shells shapes & sizes available around the tank.


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Last Edit: Sep 29, 2020 9:57:36 pm by DUSTYBOY272

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Suspect caught! Been watching him since my post. He’s levering the frags away from the plug probably to see if the plug is a shell he can use? Despite having a variety of shells shapes & sizes available around the tank.


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 :lol: caught in the act!

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Is that a red legged hermit crab?
My black/grey hermits have made light work of any nessarius snail that didn't get away.
They may be good at cleaning up, as long as they don't clean up costly inhabitants

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It was initially supposed to be 1 of 10 cerith snails I bought and spotted it in the bag when I got home a few months back. He’s a dark maroon colour so not sure. I have blue and red legged, he looks different in colour shape & size to them. It’s usually my file fish that enjoys chomping at my blasto


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Last Edit: Sep 30, 2020 11:27:32 pm by DUSTYBOY272

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CAUGHT!!! It’s this little monkey!!! That was a blasto!!



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CAUGHT!!! It’s this little monkey!!! That was a blasto!!



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Amazing, touched those Aips at all?

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The peppermints keep them gone. The ones in the pic are a small yellow paly. I’ll be tweezerring them off along with the invasive alien paly & split pea this weekend. The file fish is naughty as heck no matter how well I keep him fed. But too much of a character to remove. And is best mates with my Kole. Nature!



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Some nice pics mate , glad you found you're culprit ,little bugger .
Dave
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If anyone has a fish only tank you’re welcome to him for free. Awesome character but not reef tanks.


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