Piano blenny vampire action?

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    I'd love to keep a piano blenny! They're quite prolific down here as well. My question is, how much damage can they really do to other fish? Surely they're not gonna take chunks out of the side of my fish? Would the small wounds that it inflicts get infected? Or will it just keep nailing the same spot until serious injury results?

    Bear in mind that the smallest fish I have is a pair of 8cm squirrel fish.
     
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    Is it this one...?
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    Piano Fangblenny (Plagiotremus tapeinosoma)
     
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    That's the one. Stunning fish! You don't see the yellow and green flashes in the photo. It's snake like swimming action is lightning fast and poetry in motion.
     
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    I've always looked for one, because they are said to occur down south to Falsebay, but have never found one around here - how deep do you get them?
    apparently they will even bite divers.
     
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    So if it bites for no apparent reason, it's a she?

    Not deep at all. The one I caught last weekend, I was able to catch with my snorkel out of the water. It just reversed into a hole and I was able to gently coax it out into my net. The adult that I caught last year in open water, I had to chase around until it was fairly tired and I was so exhaused that I was blowing snot out of my snorkel.:)
     
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    NOOOO...:005::005:..in our house everything is considered a "female"...my husband complains on a regular basis that he is ruled by Estrogen..daughter,wife,cat..so it's basically a standing joke that the Fishes are "female"...as my husband would say..."with my luck...":005:

    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    :lol:hehe - i get so focused that i forget i need to breath.
    good exercise for sure.

    but my ears have taken a beating over the years - surfing plus diving, upside down, head in a cave...
    I'm pretty deaf (not always a bad thing..)
     
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    I know what you mean.... I keep my head upright these days. I have no need for deafness.... I'm a bachelor:thumbup:
     
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    I caught 1 once when I started marine fish and put it my tank. the next day my jewel damsel had a flesh wound on the side of his body and died a day later. this happend to a few of my fish untill the 1 day when i saw the blenny attacking another fish and realised its the blenny doing all the damege. I lost about 5 fish in 2 weeks and they were all big and kinda agro in their own lil way but the blenny still got the better of them
     
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    Thanks bud.... that's exactly the kind of info I was looking for. I'll steer clear of them then.

    Did all of the other fish also have flesh wounds?
     
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    all the fish that died had flesh wounds before they died some were worst than others
     
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    It would be nice if one of the experts like Niall Vine could give us his opinion of how the fish die. Do they bleed out? Do they die from infection?
     
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    i doubt they bleed out - fish muscle for the most part does not have a lot of blood vessels, although the skin has more.
    Osmoregulation control could be a major problem.
    and the stress...
    probably all of the above.
     
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