The Coral In Man's Aquarium Began To Disappear, But Then He Makes Terrifying Discovery.
Hey, What's That?
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He couldn't believe his eyes the first time he spotted it. He had never seen anything quite like it in his life, and he was pretty knowledgeable in marine life. But as he stared at the creature with fear and intrigue, a few questions popped into his head. For one thing, how did it get in his fish tank, and how was he going to get rid of this thing? He didn't want to do it, but if he didn't, then would the other creatures be in trouble?
He Was A Marine Life Enthusiast
Most home aquarium owners don't have to deal with this situation because the kind of marine life people keep are usually harmless fish, turtles, and coral. In fact, that's what YouTube user Gurutek was accustomed to. He was a marine life enthusiast and had an array of colorful, tropical fish. But one day, he noticed he had more in his aquarium than the simple fish he was used to seeing swimming around, and his fish were at risk.
Where's The Coral?
Gurutek's fish tank was huge, and it had a variety of coral and fish. He also made sure that the water inside the tank was ideal for the marine life inside to continue to thrive. But then, he noticed something odd. The coral in the aquarium was vanishing. He assumed he was just imagining it at first. But overnight, the entire colonies of coral had started to vanish into thin air, and he realized that something just wasn't right.
Getting To The Bottom Of Things
He wanted to know what was causing the coral to disappear. Now some fish, like parrotfish, use coral as a food source. But the fish in his tank didn't eat coral. So, he decided to check the water's acidity, salinity, and temperature because these things could all affect the health of coral. He even checked the coral that remained inside the tank for possible diseases, but he didn't find anything that could have led to the coral vanishing overnight. He realized something was up, but he couldn't put his finger on it.
Taking A Closer Look
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Since he couldn't solve the mystery, he decided that the only way to keep the colonies healthy was to buy more coral. But he couldn't let it go. He continued to inspect the fish tank closely for clues that could help him figure out what was happening. But, no matter how much he kept an eye on things, he didn't see anything wrong. Then he researched predatory marine species and came to a shocking realization he hadn't considered before.
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