so what killed the anthia
All the fish are eating and swimming fine. Im fairly certain its just another one of goldbars victims but havent seen it myself for any evidence.There's a difference on how a dead/alive fish arrived at their demise.
Elegance corals don't have the sting to capture prey, especially a healthy fish. We're not talking about the sting of say a carpet 'nem here. We're also talking about anthias, which are active swimmers and aren't in the same areas as say an elegance coral. Anthias died of starvation, succumbed to sickness, internal parasite, etc. That's the difference that I was alluding to.
If I was to lose an anthias to an elegance coral, I would be questioning why it got there to begin with and how to avoid that in the future.
Thanks for clearing it up @Ibn. Meeting you in person has showed you are a very nice and knowledgeable guy that time we chatted about sps @Neptune. I cannot agree more that education and conservation are critically important in this hobby, especially in regards to marine life. I majored in Political Science and Environmental Studies in hopes of preparing me in my passion to preserve the environment for future generations but that barely even scratches the surface of this constantly increasing dilemma. I would want every person to enjoy what I had growing up, especially when it comes to the outdoors.I'm sorry that you thought that my post seems to be belittling you in any way or form. As Mark has mentioned, I don't think the nuances of a casual conversation comes over in text form in replies of any sort and can be misconstrued. In this case, it seems like you were brushing the death and the constant warfare that is going on in your tank as something secondary. Apparently it isn't but it didn't come across that way as I read through this extensive thread.
I provided the info on both elegance and anthias because I've had experience with both and have been doing this for an extremely long time (my first reef tank was set up in 1999). What all those years of experience teaches me is that there are successes along the way, but there were even more failures. Lots of resources lost, in terms of time, money, and livestock. In the case of anthias, they do die occasionally from nothing as I've seen it before with entire schools of them (seeing a pack of fat ventralis stop feeding after 3 month+ is disheartening). Part of that goes back to an old topic that was discussed ad nauseum by Rich Ross and more than a handful of others back in the days of BAR - chain of custody. Ultimately, it's about education and conservation which leads to turning a novice into long term hobbyists.
I'll refrain from derailing this thread any further and seeing how my replies seems to have its negative effect, I will refrain from viewing and commenting any further.