Buble tip anemone ate my peppermint shrimp

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by Pszemol, Jan 25, 2004.

  1. Pszemol

    Pszemol Guest

    Yesterday evening I have made some commotion in my tank
    because I was testing/replacing one actinic bulb in my 2-bulbs
    fixture... Around 7pm it was dark for 10-15 minutes and then
    bright again when the new bulb was installed...
    It was enough to make my shrimps think the night started
    and it was time for their regular foraging...
    They got kind of surprised with bright light again and
    I noticed signs of panic, especially between two peppermints
    I have in my tank...
    A couple of moments later my bubble tip anemone looked very
    swelled into one big bulb, like it usually does when it eats
    something (kril or somtheing similar). I got scared and count
    all animals in the tank. Since then I cannot find one of my
    peppermints. There is still a hope it is hiding somewhere in
    the rockwork, like it usually does but I cannot find him in his
    usual spot in the tank corner...

    My question to the group would be: is it possible the anemone
    caught the shimp and ate it? This anemone is more than month
    in the tank so all animals should had enough time to get used
    to its presence... But I do not see my shrimp... :-(
     
    Pszemol, Jan 25, 2004
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  2. Pszemol

    Mort Guest

    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:bv0tg3.9k.1@poczta.onet.pl...
    > Yesterday evening I have made some commotion in my tank
    > because I was testing/replacing one actinic bulb in my 2-bulbs
    > fixture... Around 7pm it was dark for 10-15 minutes and then
    > bright again when the new bulb was installed...
    > It was enough to make my shrimps think the night started
    > and it was time for their regular foraging...
    > They got kind of surprised with bright light again and
    > I noticed signs of panic, especially between two peppermints
    > I have in my tank...
    > A couple of moments later my bubble tip anemone looked very
    > swelled into one big bulb, like it usually does when it eats
    > something (kril or somtheing similar). I got scared and count
    > all animals in the tank. Since then I cannot find one of my
    > peppermints. There is still a hope it is hiding somewhere in
    > the rockwork, like it usually does but I cannot find him in his
    > usual spot in the tank corner...
    >
    > My question to the group would be: is it possible the anemone
    > caught the shimp and ate it? This anemone is more than month
    > in the tank so all animals should had enough time to get used
    > to its presence... But I do not see my shrimp... :-(



    FWIW, I have a cleaner shrimp that regularly climbs all over my sebae
    anemone. I could be wrong but I beleive the crustacean's exoskeleton
    protects them from the anemone's sting. (<-- total guess here)
    But I do not think an anemone would eat a shrimp unless it were already
    dead.

    My .02

    ~Mort
     
    Mort, Jan 26, 2004
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  3. Pszemol

    Pszemol Guest

    "Mort" <lordmortNOSPAM@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message news:dqZQb.4469$BA2.1261@newssvr26.news.prodigy.com...
    > FWIW, I have a cleaner shrimp that regularly climbs all over my sebae
    > anemone. I could be wrong but I beleive the crustacean's exoskeleton
    > protects them from the anemone's sting. (<-- total guess here)


    Not sure about that... I read somewhere that they eat crustacean as well.

    > But I do not think an anemone would eat a shrimp unless it were already
    > dead.


    If it was dead it would not climb in the half of the rockwork into
    anemone mouth... and the anemone would not pick it from the gravel.

    I will keep looking for the shrimp but I believe it is gone... :-(
     
    Pszemol, Jan 26, 2004
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  4. I've had a many shrimp fall pray to anemones. it happens. even with
    regular feedings the anemone's will take a quick snack if given the
    opportunity.

    I feed my anemones silversides and krill regularly, but on a few occasions I
    have found the BTA with shrimp partially downed with just the antenna
    sticking out.

    I don't think the shrimp can be stung but they can be caught with the
    'sticky' of the tentacles. all my shrimp climb on the anemones regularly.
    my CBS even steals from the Seabea if not feed first.

    kc

    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:bv1kna.31s.1@poczta.onet.pl...
    > "Mort" <lordmortNOSPAM@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message

    news:dqZQb.4469$BA2.1261@newssvr26.news.prodigy.com...
    > > FWIW, I have a cleaner shrimp that regularly climbs all over my sebae
    > > anemone. I could be wrong but I beleive the crustacean's exoskeleton
    > > protects them from the anemone's sting. (<-- total guess here)

    >
    > Not sure about that... I read somewhere that they eat crustacean as well.
    >
    > > But I do not think an anemone would eat a shrimp unless it were already
    > > dead.

    >
    > If it was dead it would not climb in the half of the rockwork into
    > anemone mouth... and the anemone would not pick it from the gravel.
    >
    > I will keep looking for the shrimp but I believe it is gone... :-(
     
    Dragon Slayer, Jan 26, 2004
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  5. Pszemol

    Pszemol Guest

    I found it!

    OK, good news - I decided to go with my "night feeding" method of
    counting shrimps in my tank... I thawed some fish meat and cut
    small pieces with the scissors. Then with a feeding prong I gave
    one piece to each shrimp and I was hunting for the ones I do not
    see. When I was waving my prong near rocks the lost shrimp showed
    up. Happy and healthy as usual... Took the fish from the stick
    and hide again behind the rocks... Later I saw one debelius chasing
    both peppermints because debelius finished eating his fish first
    and peppermints were still consuming tasty treat giving a chance
    for hunting for debelius... It all was happening about 2am :)
    So everything is in the order like it was before and all 5 shrimps
    are happy and healthy looking - false alarm.

    The question stays what was the anemone so happy about this day? ;-)

    "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man@nospam_hotmail.com> wrote in message news:bv2hhg$7pe$2@news3.infoave.net...
    > I've had a many shrimp fall pray to anemones. it happens. even with
    > regular feedings the anemone's will take a quick snack if given the
    > opportunity.
    >
    > I feed my anemones silversides and krill regularly, but on a few occasions I
    > have found the BTA with shrimp partially downed with just the antenna
    > sticking out.
    >
    > I don't think the shrimp can be stung but they can be caught with the
    > 'sticky' of the tentacles. all my shrimp climb on the anemones regularly.
    > my CBS even steals from the Seabea if not feed first.
    >
    > kc
    >
    > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > news:bv1kna.31s.1@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > "Mort" <lordmortNOSPAM@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message

    > news:dqZQb.4469$BA2.1261@newssvr26.news.prodigy.com...
    > > > FWIW, I have a cleaner shrimp that regularly climbs all over my sebae
    > > > anemone. I could be wrong but I beleive the crustacean's exoskeleton
    > > > protects them from the anemone's sting. (<-- total guess here)

    > >
    > > Not sure about that... I read somewhere that they eat crustacean as well.
    > >
    > > > But I do not think an anemone would eat a shrimp unless it were already
    > > > dead.

    > >
    > > If it was dead it would not climb in the half of the rockwork into
    > > anemone mouth... and the anemone would not pick it from the gravel.
    > >
    > > I will keep looking for the shrimp but I believe it is gone... :-(

    >
    >
     
    Pszemol, Jan 26, 2004
    #5
  6. Re: I found it!

    Great to hear!!!

    -Rick

    "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    news:bv2n20.25s.0@poczta.onet.pl...
    > OK, good news - I decided to go with my "night feeding" method of
    > counting shrimps in my tank... I thawed some fish meat and cut
    > small pieces with the scissors. Then with a feeding prong I gave
    > one piece to each shrimp and I was hunting for the ones I do not
    > see. When I was waving my prong near rocks the lost shrimp showed
    > up. Happy and healthy as usual... Took the fish from the stick
    > and hide again behind the rocks... Later I saw one debelius chasing
    > both peppermints because debelius finished eating his fish first
    > and peppermints were still consuming tasty treat giving a chance
    > for hunting for debelius... It all was happening about 2am :)
    > So everything is in the order like it was before and all 5 shrimps
    > are happy and healthy looking - false alarm.
    >
    > The question stays what was the anemone so happy about this day? ;-)
    >
    > "Dragon Slayer" <koi_man@nospam_hotmail.com> wrote in message

    news:bv2hhg$7pe$2@news3.infoave.net...
    > > I've had a many shrimp fall pray to anemones. it happens. even with
    > > regular feedings the anemone's will take a quick snack if given the
    > > opportunity.
    > >
    > > I feed my anemones silversides and krill regularly, but on a few

    occasions I
    > > have found the BTA with shrimp partially downed with just the antenna
    > > sticking out.
    > >
    > > I don't think the shrimp can be stung but they can be caught with the
    > > 'sticky' of the tentacles. all my shrimp climb on the anemones

    regularly.
    > > my CBS even steals from the Seabea if not feed first.
    > >
    > > kc
    > >
    > > "Pszemol" <Pszemol@PolBox.com> wrote in message
    > > news:bv1kna.31s.1@poczta.onet.pl...
    > > > "Mort" <lordmortNOSPAM@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message

    > > news:dqZQb.4469$BA2.1261@newssvr26.news.prodigy.com...
    > > > > FWIW, I have a cleaner shrimp that regularly climbs all over my

    sebae
    > > > > anemone. I could be wrong but I beleive the crustacean's

    exoskeleton
    > > > > protects them from the anemone's sting. (<-- total guess here)
    > > >
    > > > Not sure about that... I read somewhere that they eat crustacean as

    well.
    > > >
    > > > > But I do not think an anemone would eat a shrimp unless it were

    already
    > > > > dead.
    > > >
    > > > If it was dead it would not climb in the half of the rockwork into
    > > > anemone mouth... and the anemone would not pick it from the gravel.
    > > >
    > > > I will keep looking for the shrimp but I believe it is gone... :-(

    > >
    > >
     
    Richard Ryerson, Jan 27, 2004
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