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7 minutes ago, debbeach13 said:

Yes Banasophia had a pair spawning in her tank. 

Yep, she did. :happy:

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Amphrites

Most fangblennies don't attack other fish, it's the mimic fangblennies you have to watch out for. Which I suppose is the topic here lol, super cool, impersonates cleaner wrasses and attacks fish.

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Tired

Yep, that's their strategy. They graze on small bugs like other blennies, but will also use their cleaner wrasse disguise to approach big fish and take bites out of them. Bites of other fish are highly nutritious. The reason they have an opioid venom is so the fish doesn't feel the bites, because otherwise fish might start avoiding cleaner wrasse stations. 

 

Cleaner wrasses will also bite their customers, too! It's more nutritious than their usual fare of dead skin and parasites. But they can't bite too often, or customers will stop coming to that station. Cleaner wrasse pairs have actually been seen to monitor each other, and if one party starts biting too often, the other attacks it and may even chase it away. It's in their best interests not to bite frequently, but there is a balance where the gain outweighs the risk. 

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Amphrites

A bit chicken or egg there; but I think the current consensus is that fangblennies developed the venom to escape predators by biting the inside of their mouths (the venom causes hypotension, bradycardia, local numbness and muscle weakness), and then the mimics just took advantage of their look-alike status.

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Forgive the language, but that's badass. "Oh, you ate me? Nope! I'm gone!" 

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Yeah, a perfect example of evolution not really "giving"(a population moving towards, there is no entity, reason, or thought given) animals "what they need", a better solution would probably involve not being surrounded by teeth in the first place XD
Textbook definition of "working with variations already in the population".

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Snow_Phoenix

Two updates coming through. 🤗

 

Regrowth of the blasto coral still continues:

 

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New paly polyp spotted (on the right, behind the larger polyp at the front)

 

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New tiny sunflower polyp spotted (at the bottom most area of the frag up front) : 😊

 

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The stubby polyps of the leptastrea now have a mild greenish tint to them: 

 

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The pavona is encrusting further on the LR:

 

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Setosa has full PE & is growing too, albeit at a slower rate compared to the montihat: 🤔

 

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The Montihat has flared out even further - it needs more room to grow and cap out, actually: 🤔

 

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Bullseye rhodactis: 

 

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The UC is still here - yay! 😊 :

 

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Harvey hanging out under the blasto colony rock: 🤗

 

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Also, these two pieces are in my 60G atm, but are not doing well:

 

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The yuma has completely detached from its rock and is free-floating. I don't want it to melt away in the 60G because I'm rather fond of it - it has a unique teal blue shade in the outer rim, with a bright orange center - I haven't come across another yuma with similar colors at my LFSes here, so I'll try to save this one. 

 

As for the acans, they were previously rainbow acans, but the color is way off and its shrunken. They were actually doing well in the 60G until recently, but I'll let it heal up in the pico first. 

 

I have two small spots in the pico to accomodate both pieces. Once they have recovered fully, I will return them to the 60G (probably some time next year). 👍

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