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Old 05-25-2006, 11:39 AM   #1
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Interesting Parrotfish Observation

I have a princess parrotfish, who's slowly converting all my live rock to sand, but otherwise is doing quite well. He's a little more than half grown.

I'd read that they will sleep in a "mucous cocoon", but hadn't seen mine do it until this morning.

It had a bubble-like cocoon around it, with some sand stuck in it. When it broke it looked like a spider web or cobb web had grown around the rocks it had dug under to sleep.

I'm assuming this is a sign of good health, also.

I didn't have time to get a photo (was on the way out the door), but it was very cool to see.

Here'a pic from another site for those who are curious:
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Yeah that's neat. I had a Scott's wrasse that did that. Fish do that in order to find refuge while resting/sleeping and keeping the night time predators away. The bubble keeps the smell of the resting fish from being detected by the predators while sleeping.
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Yup, I have seen them in night SCUBA dives, they use it as protection. On a side note, when I was on a dive, during the day, you can actually hear them crunchin on the coral.
I would be interested in knowing what happens to the mucos, in the morning.
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Floats away.

I fed my tank after my warsse bedded down. Well, he broke right thru it ate, and went back to bed and made another mucos shell.
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I had a common cleaner wrasse that refused to sleep in the sand bed and did the same thing in the LR. The first time I saw it, I thought it was dead myself. I hear they will eat the mucus and recycle it.... yum.

My wife saw parrots in the Carribean years ago and has bugged me since then to get one for the big tank. I told her no problem as long as I can get new LR every few months....... that stopped her, for the most part. Most of my LR is that expensive Marshal island stuff and the price has shot up a lot over the past few years.
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How do they make the bubble of mucus?
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I think I read that they secrete it from their skin... wierd.

On another parrotfish topic, I finally have gotten mine to eat from the plaster feeding blocks. He's demolished about half of a big one in 4 hours. He also eats mysis like I eat popcorn chicken, and goes through a 3/4" frozen block so fast I'm worried the other inhabitants aren't getting enough to eat.

It strange having such a good eater in the tank. He's eating as much as all the other fish do combined.
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He got up before I could catch his cocoon this morning, but here's a picture.

He does tend to move a lot of sand around, I've had to make sure all my LR is stacked very well and can't tip.

I love how their beak makes them look "happy" all the time

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Cool looking fish!
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