Amphipods and Rainbow BTA

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Hello all , I am a little curious , from what I’ve learned over the years; amphipods are great for being scavengers of detritus. Recently, I’ve added a Rainbow BTA to my system and have noticed around feeding time or lights out they(amphipods) tend to irritate it rubbing/crawling over it. I figured the amphipods are not necessarily eating it as I don’t see bite marks/tares. There is no foul smells or odors, my tank parameters are as spot on for an sps tank as can be. Here’s where the curiosity comes in, Have amphipods been known to irritate a BTA to the point of melting away/dying? Have amphipods ever been seen/recorded eating a BTA? In these photos below, I had just fed the BTA Reef Frenzy by LRS which is why it’s closed up. As you can see by the size of the amphipods, why I would be curious .
Thank you ahead of time for any responses.
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Amphipods are currently eating my Zoas.

Here is my emergency thread if you want to check it out:

 

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I was about to post a thread about this and stumbled across this one. I cant tell if they are harming it. Maybe they are scavenging leftover food/waste. They don't go near the one with a porcelain crab.

 
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Are you directly feeding this anemone?
If so I recommend stopping that, it is generally not good for them as they will pick up all the food they need thru the water column.
 

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Suck up the amphipods with a turkey baster, chop them up and feed them to the anemone. Maybe the others will back off when they see what happened to their friends.
 

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I broke my Quarantine process by 30 days because these things ate $1,100 worth of Zoas. It may be rare but from this point on I'm playing it safe and just assume they eat coral or irritate them to death.
 
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