Peppermint Shrimp...can/will they eat soft corals?

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I added a few peppermint shrimp (im sure they arent camel or other) to eat up some aptasia that came in on a few frags from a web order, and they mowed those down in days.

Now i am noticing that half my rics are gone, or look torn up...

Im crushed...the only thing in that tank is corals and those shrimp...
 
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Ive read where peps will eat corals. I also gave a friend a pocillapora frag once and he said his pep jumped on it and ate most of it.
It makes sense to me that if they eat aptaisia they might go after other corals.
That said I've kept them and never saw them bother anything but they are active at night. Try looking when the lights are off with a flashlight.

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I have a couple in my main display tank and they don't eat the corals , here is a thought though . IMO scavengers will eat anything if they get hungry enough , even if they are labeled " Reef Safe " . You said all thats in the tank is Corals and those shrimp . I'm guessing here that you don't feed the tank because there are no fish . Inverts need food too , so if there is nothing to eat they have to make do , this means develop a taste for corals as it is there only food source . Now that they devolped a taste for corals there is no turning back . Get the shrimp out and replace with new ones , once you do that be sure to drop some pellets in every other day and they will leave your corals alone . I like to use pellets for inverts because they swell with moisture and once they shrimp eat them it keeps them full and happy .They will also keep doing there job on pest anemones to supplement there diet .Hope this helps .
 
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i have 2 in my lps tank and they dont bother anything.. Real pepperments are reef safe.. i mean they will try to steal food from your corals when you spot feed.. but so will any cleaner shrimp... mine has never tried to eat my corals.. and i have rics also....
 
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I loaded a tank with pepermints to kill Aips and they ate every anemone in the tank (mushrooms, several really nice rock anemones, etc.). Generally, though, if they are fed, they leave most other things alone (or stop just short of real detriment). Sounds like your's may have developed a taste...
 
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i have had them eat some Lps corals & sps did not believe it till i saw them at night eating away i put 8 of them in a 75 gal.Bought all of Jeff's from him when he closed down the fish guys will never put another one in my tank again because they are hell to get out.
 
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