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Peppermints, homicidal?
Old 10-03-2012, 09:04 AM   #1
 
Peppermints, homicidal?

Hi all, New here and would like to say hello. I had a couple of aiptasia pop up on a piece of rock and wanted to rid the tank of this pest before it got out of hand. Went to the LFS an picked up ( 3 ) peppermints. By the time I had floated the bag for 15 minutes to temp acclimate the critters I noticed that two of the little bastages had the third on his back and had killed him. I fished the deceased out of the bag and finished acclimating the other two but noticed them still "fighting" with each other. When I released them into the tank they swam to opposite ends of my 48" long tank. Within minutes one of the two remaining was dead. The last remaining Pep crawled into a cave in a rock next to my Brittlestar's home rock and seemed just fine. Has anybody ever seen this kind of aggression between peppermints before? Should the LFS bagged the three separately? BTW: when I got up this morning and checked the tank the shrimp was nowhere to be found, but the aiptasia, (2) heads were either gone or completely withdrawn into the crevice it had been in. Shrimp is probably hiding in a rock somewhere sleeping off his meal.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:30 AM   #2
 
Never heard that one before. i've gotten several at a time, in the same bag, never had em fighting with each other. Weird. Also, I'd drip accimate them, for one this will get them into a larger container and out of the bag and 2 they are as tough to acclimate as fish are to our water conditions. And once you've dropped em in the tank, its a tough call to find em. You are right, they find a hole to hang out in, and you'll have to search really hard.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:37 AM   #3
 
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Are you sure they aren't Camel Shrimp? They can look similiar to peps but are far more aggressive.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:13 PM   #4
 
Pretty sure they were Peppermints. LFS was using them to clean rocks that had Aiptasia on them.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
 
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Peppermints:
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Camel:
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Does it look more like the top or bottom?
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:09 PM   #6
 
The ones I have, had? were definitely Peppermint. Light, almost translucent bodies without the dark lateral lines.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:17 PM   #7
 
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Strange. I have never had a problem with Peps killing each other. I will have to remember to keep an eye on that next time I add them to a tank.
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