Phenomenal video footage of a Midas Blenny!!!

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  1. Jaco Schoeman

    Jaco Schoeman MASA Contributor

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    Hi guys.

    Here are some really amazing and wonderful footage my Dad got from his Midas Blenny laying eggs. This must have been an amazing thing to have watched in person.

    What flips our boat completely though, is that there is no other Midas Blenny in the tank. My dad had this fish for over three months now, so it did not arrive "pregnant." The only other Blenny is a scooter blenny.

    Anyway, here you will note the fish turning itself vertical, and then spray eggs wildly into the water column. The other fish thinks it is Christmas, and I have other footage of the Blenny lying the eggs on the front glass and then eating it.

    I can not imagine that these eggs are fertilized, but this is interesting none the less. Spoke to Frans about and he says he has never heard of this. We know birds do it, but fish? Has anybody ever seen or heard of this, and how does this happen?

    PS: Well done on the footage dad, this is worth an Academy Award, or a National Geographic Award or something!!! :thumbup:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZhD3imAky8
     
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    Very interesting, although it wasn't many eggs
     
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    It actually was Warr. This is only part of a 30 minute+ session. I have about 10minutes on video, but that is just too much to post.

    It was literally hundres of eggs, and it only stopped after 30 mins.

    I am busy uploading another video, so it will follow soon.
     
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    Some chameleons also do this- apparently the female chameleon would die if she does not have space to lay her unfertilised eggs
    *Dwarf Chameleons give live birth*

    Maybe this could be the same thing - though then more people would see their midas lay eggs... ???:confused1:

    Brandon
     
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    I think that is AMAZING.....

    Stunning footage and begs the questions has this happened before in SA and how possible would it be to breed Midas Blennies ..?????
     
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    These eggs are not fertilized. For whatever reason, she produced eggs. I had the same with a single Banggai cardinal female. She dropped the eggs on the bottom of the tank.
    Every freespawner female spawns into the water column and the male fertilizes the eggs in the water column. I am not so sure how this works with blennies, but I reckon it will be similar like the mandarins do it.
     
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    all females seem to be the same!! :peroni:
     
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    Deep philosophical truth in there :whistling: :whistling:

    Hennie
     
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    Could this maybe a seasonal thing with single female fish? Maybe Vatso is not so far from correct as he thinks. This might be a "that time of the month" thing with fish also?

    Any thoughts?:p
     
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    Bump... Anyone has an answer on this? :p
     
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