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Old 10-05-2013, 11:02 PM   #11
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So far, he is in the open in a rock, kind of just acclimating I guess. I have about 100-125 pounds of live rock in my 94 gallon. Hopefully thats enough. His tank mates are male flame wrasse, eightline flasher wrasse, naokoa wrasse, royal flasher wrasse, Paracheilinus Attenuatus (Diamond Tail Flasher wrasse) bonded pair of of Gold Flake maroon clowns, elegant blenny and a "rarer" prawn goby and pistol.
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Oh and a baby golden pygmy angel.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:24 AM   #15
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It concerns me he hasn't moved that rock for the last 6 hours.
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Well, just a quick update. He stayed on top of the same rock for over a day, This morning I woke up and he was gone, I figured one of two things. He was dead or he had found a cave he liked and I would never see him. Well, he's not dead and he has found a cave he seems to like. The thing is, he's a bit more aggressive then I was thinking. He doesn't seem to go after other fish, but he hangs out at the mouth of his cave and any fish that gets within a foot, he chases. Is this normal gramma behavior?
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:05 PM   #17
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Well, just a quick update. He stayed on top of the same rock for over a day, This morning I woke up and he was gone, I figured one of two things. He was dead or he had found a cave he liked and I would never see him. Well, he's not dead and he has found a cave he seems to like. The thing is, he's a bit more aggressive then I was thinking. He doesn't seem to go after other fish, but he hangs out at the mouth of his cave and any fish that gets within a foot, he chases. Is this normal gramma behavior?
In a word....."YES"
What he is doing is protecting HIS home from intruders. You'll see the same thing when you have a tank full of grammas as well. We used to have to keep all our grammas separated from each other to keep them in saleable condition. I had the opportunity to observe a school of Royal grammas when I was snorkling in Haiti and they acted the same way. When I approached them, they swam back into their holes. I watched one follow another into the same hole and then came dashing out of it with the first one in hot persuit. Guess he went into the wrong hole.
You have to remember that grammas are basslets and are even related to groupers which are territorial. If you don't want territorial fish, you need to stay with schooling type fishes or open water swimmers more than rock dwellers.

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That does help. He's not ripping anyone apart and now I see, he's actually sharing his cave with the goby and pistol.
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Just keep your eye on your goby. If you see him with any torn fins, your gramma is most likely the cause ; )
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I loved my royal gramma. He had a spot on a rock that he loved and laid on it. Always thought he was dead since he laid on his side on this odd piece of rock.
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