I just thought I’d share my experience with my new corals from LiveAquaria. I bought 3 corals, a double-headed hammer, a double-headed candy cane, and a Turbinaria heronensis.
First, I’d like to say that all my corals came from the Wisconsin location, not Los Angeles, and all seemed good and healthy. I’ve read that some people have complaints about corals and fish out of the L.A. branch of LiveAquaria so I just wanted to let y’all know that I have no complaints about the quality of my corals nor the packaging and shipping.
When I got them I acclimated and did a CoralRX dip. As soon as the candy cane coral went into the tank my 3 peppermint shrimp went into full attack mode! They were ravenous, fighting each other for their turn ripping this coral apart. I tried to scare them away but they kept coming back to it. I gave them pellets in an attempt to distract them from the candy cane but they ate the pellets and went right back to the coral. One shrimp wandered away from the candy cane and started exploring the hammer, but thankfully after a quick survey it left the hammer and I haven’t seen any of the shrimp bother the hammer or Turbiniaria. However after 3 days there was nothing left of the candy cane coral except skeleton.
Needless to say the peppermint shrimp are being evicted. They took care of the aptasia I had but now they’ve got to go. So moral of the story is peppermint shrimp aren’t as reef safe as you might think or want, and I would be happy to order from LiveAquaria again in the future.
Happy Reefing everyone!