I came back from the long weekend to find that my triops had decided that their fellow tank mates needed eating.
I went from 5 triops down to 2.
Oddly, the largest one, Goliath, is one of the dead ones. He's currently being munched on by Godzuki and Creamsicle (the smallest).
The unnamed triops is nowhere to be seen. They seem to have eaten every scrap of that one before I got back into the office. Bloodblister and Goliath are both floating at the bottom of the tank, mostly dead. Goliath has had all of his legs eaten off, and a portion of his tail, so I'm guessing he's 100% dead now. Bloodblister, on the other hand, occassionally twitches his legs, though he can no longer swim or make any other real motion.
Poor Goliath. He was the largest one in the tank, but didn't seem to have the killer instinct. He'd dive bomb the others occasionally, but never really made any eating attempts beyond that. Creamsicle, despite his small size, is a complete bastard and even bites at Godzuki, despite there being several tasty bodies to much on already. I'll be irked if he eats Godzuki before s/he lays those eggs though, as I can see a good cluster of around 20 eggs on the legs.
They ate Goliath's eggs, which makes me sad. Poor poor Goliath.