Starry blennies

Starry blennies

Postby "Umm, fish?" » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:00 am

A video of my starry blennies doing their courtship dance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRY3mmnyTp8
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby Midnight Angel » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:07 am

Very nice !

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Postby mikegreen » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:02 am

Nice video - were the cleaner wrasse spawning there as well?
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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:25 am

Thanks, y'all! That's funny. I didn't even notice the cleaners last time I looked at it. That was more just regular interaction or maybe really, really early in their dance. I can tell that they were starting to think about spawning--the male did a display to his reflection really early in the video and the female's abdomen is a little distended. But, heck, I have a bunch of videos on there of the cleaners spawning. Here's one from June:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3MfNTkJn1o
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby spawner » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:41 pm

Nice shots. Have you gotten eggs?
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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:38 pm

Thanks!

No, I haven't figured out where or if they are putting down nests. She looked pretty ripe, though. But I haven't really see them defending any particular holes, or, for that matter, running off to holes together. But I'm keeping an eye on them.
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby "Umm, fish?" » Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:10 pm

And it looks like the female blenny is finally geting just about ready. I've _never_ seen her this big, so maybe they've not yet ever spawned.

[ig]http://www.ummfish.com/preggo_blenny_10-28-09.jpg[/img]
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby Midnight Angel » Wed Oct 28, 2009 4:17 pm

NOW THAT IS SEXY and I do mean SEXY !!!! WOW :lol: I'm excited for ya. :) That is how big my watchman get too fwiw.

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Postby lance » Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:06 am

Andy I hope you put all your time into trying to raise the fry congrats again on your continual success and progress in breeding.

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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:59 am

Amy ... it's okay to love your pets. Just so long as you don't Llllllooooovvvveee your pets.... ;) (Paraphrased from a silly Janeane Garofalo film.)

Thanks, y'all. I've got to figure out where they stashed them or if they even mated. The male does not seem to be guarding a particular place. Then I have to figure out the schedule. And I'm _still_ having snagger issues. More to do....
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby Midnight Angel » Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:59 pm

:lol: Oh Andy you know I'm playing. I'm trying to keep things a little more playful here at the big ol MOFIB :lol: I think it helps with all our big brains and plans to have some fun. But if I were a male blenny she would be the one :lol: It is my playful way of saying she is ready to go !!!! Good luck. And remember I told you I have yet to have any blennies that get along so maybe I'm a little over excited :lol:


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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Fri Oct 30, 2009 9:22 am

I do know that you're playing. So'm I. :)
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby "Umm, fish?" » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:37 am

So, I have a show for you all tonight. There are lots of pictures, so I'll only direct-link a few. If you are interested in the rest I will give you links.

The starry blennies decided to spawn right out in the middle of everything, right on top of a magnet. It wasn't a huge surprise that they spawned as the female was huge, just kind of crazy that it was out in plain view.

[ig]http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_05_11-24-09.jpg[/img]

More like that:

http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_06_11-24-09.jpg

http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_11_11-24-09.jpg

http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_13_11-24-09.jpg

http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_12_11-24-09.jpg


The eggs are pretty much gorgeous. This is from the back so you can see the attachment fibers:

[mg]http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_02_11-24-09.jpg[/img]

More like that:

http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_01_11-24-09.jpg

http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_03_11-24-09.jpg

http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_04_11-24-09.jpg

http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_07_11-24-09.jpg

Unfortunately, lots of animals like eating eggs:

http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_08_11-24-09.jpg

http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_09_11-24-09.jpg

[ig]http://www.ummfish.com/starry_blenny_spawn_10_11-24-09.jpg[/img]


Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlpYB1sPYCY
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby D3monic » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:00 am

Nice work Andy! Very nice pics. I hope that all the eggs don't get eaten. I would love to see some progression shots.
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby sanjay » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:56 am

Awesome. Congrats.

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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:25 am

Thanks, y'all! I'm not sure it's going to happen with this batch. By the time I went to bed, most of the eggs on the glass were gone.
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby KathyL » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:31 pm

But what an awesome picture!
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Postby D3monic » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:07 pm

Does the male have to tend to the eggs? If not perhaps you could construct some kind of mesh shield to protect the eggs.
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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:21 pm

(Thanks Kathy!) I would assume with a demersal spawner that it's likely the male should tend them. But they don't waste their time unless the spawn is viable. That's why I think he didn't step up. If one of them doesn't tend the eggs then it's pretty likely that they'll foul and be eaten by something.
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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:25 pm

More eggs from today, probably unfertilized. I'm starting to think that I have two females, dang it.

[ig]http://www.ummfish.com/Images/Gallery/starry_blenny_eggs_1-12-10.jpg[/img]
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby Anthony Calfo » Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:59 am

Wow! What a catch on timing/photography. Well done... kudos, my friend!!!
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby Luis A M » Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:58 pm

Starry blennies=Salarias fasciatus?
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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:14 pm

Thanks, Anthony. Luis, yes. :)
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Re: Starry blennies

Postby till » Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:15 pm

fasciatus? they look like S.ramosus to me.
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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:30 pm

I'm sorry. You're right till. Thanks!
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