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Gone Tidepoolin
01/10/2017, 10:59 AM
They have been together for 2 years both of them are quite large.
This morning when the lights came on the lionfishs tail is shredded.
What to do? Will it grow back? Do I quarantine him?
The other fish in the tank are:foxface, lunar wrasse, jewel damsel and 2 hawkfish. The clean up crew is:3 urchins, sand sifting star and a fighting conch.
I am only guessing the eel did the damage.

stdreb27
01/10/2017, 11:18 AM
They have been together for 2 years both of them are quite large.

This morning when the lights came on the lionfishs tail is shredded.

What to do? Will it grow back? Do I quarantine him?

The other fish in the tank are:foxface, lunar wrasse, jewel damsel and 2 hawkfish. The clean up crew is:3 urchins, sand sifting star and a fighting conch.

I am only guessing the eel did the damage.



I vote for lunar wrasse.


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Gone Tidepoolin
01/10/2017, 11:31 AM
The wrasse is also large but this happened after the lights went out, the wrasse usually hides in the rocks at that point. The eel comes out at night.

PalaciosAn
01/10/2017, 11:31 AM
It will grow back, keep and eye on the tank and try to see who is picking on him. You may strese them out even more by taking out the wrong fish.

cougareyes
01/10/2017, 03:53 PM
My vote is the jeweled damsel, those guys are nasty. It will grow back, no need to qt unless it hit the meat and it doesn't look like it's healing on it's on.

anbosu
01/11/2017, 10:40 AM
I would be pretty surprised if it was the eel. I would guess the damsel as well.

scooter31707
01/11/2017, 11:12 AM
I agree the damsel might be the culprit.

Gone Tidepoolin
01/11/2017, 02:12 PM
Update.. the lionfish has lost color and doesn't want to swim. So I have moved him to a hospital tank and put melafix in it. I'm not sure he will live.
None of the other fish have any damaged fins.

cougareyes
01/11/2017, 08:45 PM
Wow...please keep us updated.

Gone Tidepoolin
01/12/2017, 12:45 AM
Came home from work and found him dead.
Still don't know who did it... he was almost 9 inches, the eel is approximately 14 inches, the lunar wrasse and foxface are about 6 inches. The 2 hawkfish are about 3 inches and the jewel damsel is bit size (lol) about 2 inches.

I'm now concerned about getting a new one until I figure out who the bully is.

scooter31707
01/12/2017, 07:34 AM
Actually when you shredded, do you think it could have been some infection or parasite? did you add anything new to the tank lately? Just checking all corners.

Gone Tidepoolin
01/12/2017, 11:37 AM
Nothing has been added for over a year.
Only the tail was shredded, I was guessing the eel was attempting to pull the lionfish into the rocks. When the eel eats he thrashes and pulls the food into the rocks.
I feed San Francisco Bay brand silversides, so they shouldn't be a infection source.
I'm at a loss, I hand fed them both so there was not as much waste in the tank. The water parameters are good.

scooter31707
01/12/2017, 11:46 AM
Ok. IMO, I don't see that eel trying to mess with that Lionfish when there are safer and smaller prey in the tank. Also could have been the Wrasse nipping. Just my 2 cents.

Gone Tidepoolin
01/12/2017, 03:18 PM
Anything is possible, especially since it was a sneak attack from behind!
The wrasse is aggressive, he also eats silversides.