"ULTIMATE SURVIVAL" - Marine style

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  1. lIghty

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    Thought I would share this story with all of you as I don't thinks its all that common, but please share your similar stories...

    So the other day I caught a small cleaner wrasse, about 10-15mm long, its so beautiful with its extremely bright blue colour, like a neon tube. So when getting home I decided to acclimatise it and a Goldie to my DT and release it directly into the DT, not thinking I would have any problems......:whistling:

    WRONG, some how forgot about the Longnose Hawkfish that I had read would take very small fish, will it wasn't long after releasing it the Longnose had locked it in its radar, so while grabbing my net I saw the Longnose swim past my face with a very dark blue object down its throat and a tail sticking out of it mouth (almost like it was showing of its catch)........#%^$%&*%%&%%^........ Not impressed at all I decided to chase it around with the turkey baster, about about 30 seconds or so it spat it out........ and guess what, still alive and swimming around! I couldn't believe it.:) So I quickly grabbed the net and scooped it, it now having a fun with the Semis in the "grow up" tank....

    Hows that for some survival story:razz:

    Anyone had a similar story?
     
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  3. Anemone

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    Yikes! I'm happy to say I don't have a similar story! :)

    Just curious, do most people in SA have good luck with the cleaner wrasse? Here in the US they are pretty much considered doomed if put in the average reef tank, usually in weeks to a few months.
     
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    What a lucky fish! Amazing that it survived the ordeal.
     
  5. durleo

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    Man you take the cake for that story !
    And by the way that Lawnmower blenny you gave me eats algea pretty well, infact he eats everythin now i wish i caught him with the 2 cleaner shrimp that have gone missing :p It was either him or the juv clown wrasse i have - Im still lookin for clues and the trail has gone cold:whistling:
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi Brenda. I dont know if my Cleaner Wrasse qualifies...I have him for about 3.5 years now. I caught him when he was about 1cm long.
     
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    Impressive!
     
  8. lIghty

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    Yip, Like Meks said, seems the local caught one do have better odds.

    BTW, how many lives does a Cleaner Wrasse have?:lol:
     
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    Can I have him back then?:whistling: only joking, glad to hear he is eating the algae, doubt he would've eaten the shrimps?
     
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    Very cool that he survived:)
     
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    I saw a cleaner wrasse in a rock pool just north of Ballito Willards beach this morning. About 8 to 10cm long.

    Should I try to catch it, or should I leave it?
     
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    doubt it was a cleaner, only juvs are found in the pools and about 10~20mm, AFAIK.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
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    May I ask, what is the difference between Cleaner wrasse and Goby ?
     
  14. Yuri

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    take him home
     
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    On a previous trip to the sea I picked up a lot of hermits and snails. After adding what I want into my tank and giving the rest away, I switched the temporary tank off the Tuesday night with about 5cm water in it. There was still a few empty shells left over in the tank.

    It was in July and the temp tank stood outside until Saturday when I cleaned and packed up. Not knowing what to do with the empty shells, I decided my hermits need nice homes as they grow up. And I dropped the empty shells as is into my display. Well within 2 minutes most walked away.

    They still had hermits in them. WOW, they survived 4 days in cold water. No acclimatization, nothing. And they did not keel over and die shortly thereafter. They are still there.

    So much for the water temperatures must be equal rule.
     
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    Hi Riaan. If it is a Cleaner Wrasse, i suggest leaving him. It sounds like it is one of the big ones that are there to spawn. IMO
     
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