Re:Frantic swimming


Thanks for your help Pete. I lost my little "Lisa" last night. In the 3 months I had her, she has eaten very well, but never really grew like the other 3 erectus. She has been losing color over the past few weeks, but still eating and hunting for pods too. She has always been about the size of my Reidi. The other 3 are at least twice her size in volume. Do some Sunbursts stay this small?

My Cyano isn’t all that bad yet, and I am working on it. I have lots of live rock, use RO water and very good filteration. Parameters are always fine. I have many corals so I watch all very closely.

I am wondering if her problem may have been with the emerald crab. I had one crab that was too aggressive so I removed it to another tank. All other 5 ponies would find a hitching post for the night and little "Lisa" would usually hang out on the live rock and corals. If this emerald crab harassed her at night, could it have stressed her out to the point of not growing? Could it have grabbed her to make her swim this frantic? This morning I found her in the "clutches" of this emerald crab, but she was already gone.

……crab is now removed!

I need to figure out what may have happened so this will never happen again. crab, health issue, stress??

I also want to purchase another mate for the Sunburst who is now alone, but not until I have a good idea what may have gone wrong.

Thanks for any help you can give me!

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