Collecting trip in early 2011

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Post  liquidg on 26th April 2011, 12:36 pm

The water was a striking powder blue; even the corals looked blue that day, the ones that werenít already blue that is.

The time before this one it was pretty much the same, so blue, everything seem to take on some of the blue colouration, it was sought of weird yet spectacular, seeing the water like this you just couldnít resist it, unless there was a fin or two around,lol.

After all these years when you see this happen, the thrill is still there and gets you a little excited as you get in, than the water comes in the zip at the back of your wetsuit and back to reality.

Danny is the first one in.
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Blue tang collected
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Moorish idol collected
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blennie collected
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Banded shrimp collected
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Post  fishnthings on 2nd May 2011, 2:57 am

Hi Is that Blennie Endemic to your area only , he has a rock cod look about him..
.Also looking at the coral banded shrimp with the green , is this a male or female carrying eggs?

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Post  straddy boy on 2nd May 2011, 9:29 am

The blenny is a Exalias brevis,one of the comb tooths, this one is a variation and quite young as well.
This one has very little red on it like most.
Some call it a leopard blenny and they are common through out most of the oceans, deffinitly not endemic to around here.
They can be a menace in the wrong aquarium; they eat arcopora stag coral polyps and are meat eaters, so they are cool in a small predator tank, so thatís where it went.
The southern rock cod does look a little like it in a way.
Thatís right the banded shrimp with the green it its carapace is the female,shes been fertilized and ready to pass them to her tail when its that green.
Once the eggs get passed to the tail there is no colour to ovaries until next time.
She obviously lost her guy not long ago, thatís not a very old male, the life of a male shrimp is quite a short one when you defend her and she wont defend you if egg laden.
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Post  fishnthings on 3rd May 2011, 3:54 am

Wished we were lucky like you guys to be able to collect for our tank down our way . The most common we see is some type of surgeon fish a grouper of some sorts was hanging about for a bit too big for the tank though and nothing like the colors i have seen so far on your forum and those stripey fish yellow with black bands . That Blennie does looks like he would be a bossy bugger lol .
Thanks for the information.

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