Scooter Blenny Died, but WHY? - HELP!

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    I have had a Scooter Blenny in my tank for about a year and a half. 30 gallon tank with plenty of live rock and at least 5 to 6 corals. I have never fed him copepods and feed my fish Mysis shrimp. All seemed fine up until about a month ago. He has been living with all of the fish in the tank for 90% of the time he has been in there. 2 Clown Fish (1 male, 1 female), a docile Damsel, and a Bi-colored Angel.

    About 5 weeks ago we accidentally "crushed" him with the tool we use to siphon the sand. Nothing physically looked wrong and we realized right away he was under the tube. He seemed to recover okay, but still got a little ansy every time we used it in the tank, erratic swimming etc. but he always calmed down pretty quickly...

    About 3 weeks ago my female clown started bullying him, bad. She hosted with our Hammer Spawn and was super territorial. She would push him into a corner of the tank, away from the Spawn, and make him stay there, the Blenny would just go behind the rocks and stay in his corner and I feared the clowns were stressing him out big time...

    I noticed he didn't come out as often last week, he used to always be out...and the clowns continued to push him around, this morning I found him dead. (He was alive yesterday, but kind of pale.) Something had already eaten off his dorsal fin and his eyes were white and like gone or receded?? It was disgusting to say the least...

    Did something bully him into stress and then he died? Is it because I wasn't feeding him copepods? Is it both?? Did the clowns bully him because they knew he was dying?? I'm a little stumped because he didn't look super sickly before passing....he just hid more often and then I found him dead after seeing him alive the day before...
     
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    Hi and welcome to Living Reefs!

    I am sorry for your loss. It could have been any of the things you mentioned in the post. Stress from getting bullied was probably a major contributor since it was getting confined to a certain area and couldn't eat as it should. It could of just been the fishes time. You will never know for sure. As I said in the beginning, it just sounds like everything starting snowballing on the blenny. Sorry I can't offer you more incite but we have all experienced unexplained losses at least you have a few things to point to as a factor.
     
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    The lack of food would have done by itself. Pod-eating fish like this need to roam around and find pods. Being stressed on top of this, is worse.
     
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    Sorry about the death of your Dragonet. I have one in a 20 gallon aquarium. I think they are one of the most interesting fish. They remind me of a Sculpin.Used to feed it only flake and pellet food when I first got the aquarium. Now I feed it frozen salmon, halibut, clam meat, deer heart, fresh or frozen shrimp and prawns. I still feed it the dry food. I really think they need a variety of food.
     
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