Something chewed on my montipora

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  1. kenandmoose2

    kenandmoose2 Member

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    I have a piece of monti that has been nawed on and I'm wondering if this could have been one of my long spine erchins. Has anyone had a problem with them doing this? I have had one in the tank for about 2 years now and never had a problem with it. I just recently added a second one to the display. Found this this morning when i got up. IMG_20170417_102849.jpg
     
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    An urchin would not have done this, its possible that something fell on/ hit the monti which caused some breakage. Perhaps a hermit crab jumped on it.. You don't have a parrotfish, correct?
     
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    Nothing to fall on it and no parrot fish. I have not check for the nudis but ill look for them. What would be a predator of those little guys? How big could these buggers be?
     
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    Hmmm the article doesn't give me a warm fuzzy....guess ill watch it closely. Thanks
     
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    [​IMG] looks like another victim of the midnight coral chewer. This time it hit a piece of chalice. Not sure if this could be those dam nudis that were mentioned earlier but hope i figure this out before i actually lose something to this coral bandit
     
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    the nudis wouldn't eat a chalice.
     
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    Do you have crabs?? :rolleyes:
     
  10. kenandmoose2

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    I just put some red legged hermits in there about a week ago
     
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    I've had hermits pick the food out of corals before and damage them, which is why I only have snails now. You may have to stay up with a red flashlight and watch to see what's happening.
     
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    Yea this weekend ill have to. I need to get the 240g cycling so i can tear this 40b down and decide if i wanna use it for a quarantine or something. I could catch all the hermits and put them in the fuge.
     
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    I've seen clown gobies munch coral do you have one of them
     
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    I put a 4 wheel drive goby in there a while ago but im pretty sure my corral banded shrimp got him . I 1 clown, 1 damsel, 1 six line, 2 long spine erchins, 1 corral banded shrimp, and the cuc in there. I have added some new corral recently from tidal gardens. The perites rock couldn't be dipped so i wonder if i brought something in on that....
     
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    Another victim but i caught the culprit in the act....dang red leg hermit
     
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    MEN will indeed eat a Chalice.
     
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    Might be a ALK swing ??????For the monti
     
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    Monti eating nudis will eat a chalice? Are you sure? Do they eat anything else?
     
  20. Neil Fox

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    I had an infestation and they were munching on my chalice, they also eat scrolls. Not sure if it was a one off but they were eating it.
     
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