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Old 04-18-2004, 01:41 PM   #1
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When Blennies attack, again and again and again....

Well my sailfin blenny decided to bite my hand AGAIN because my hand was a little too close to his precious algae while I was moving corals, and this time I jerked my hand back so fast that my elbow broke the center brace on the 55 gallon tank (it was already cracked from UV light and stress). The brace broke away, the glass bowed out and I had a moment of mild panic.

I made a new brace and squared it up, with some cutting, drilling glueing and plastic work it's good to go again.

I wish I could learn not to jerk my hand back when I get bitten, because I usually scrape my arm on the tank or knock stuff over when he bites me. What the heck am I going to have to do from now on, wear Kevlar sleeves?

Argh! Well I have to respect his tenacity, the little blankety blank has some real cojones.
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Old 04-18-2004, 01:53 PM   #2
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does his biteing hurt?
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Old 04-18-2004, 01:53 PM   #3
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Lol, I do the same thing. My bi-color blenny attacks anything that invades on his algae or favorite hole in the LR. I recently got a pair of elbow gloves so I don't have to worry about anything pinchin/biting/stinging me or possilbly getting anything else from the tank.
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Old 04-18-2004, 02:49 PM   #4
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The bites do not hurt reefraff.... they are just a heck of a surprise. He sort of slams into you when he bites so it's a substantial sort of feeling. It's just weird. Hard to explain. like if someone licked their finger and smacked you with it hard. Heh!

jamal I should get some of those gloves.. that is a good idea I think I will order some. That will save on the tank's health a little too (contaminants on skin)
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Old 04-18-2004, 05:47 PM   #5
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I got nailed by a mimic blenny once, that did hurt.
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Old 04-18-2004, 06:05 PM   #6
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i was gonna say if they wern't painfull then just let him bite ya. just don't jump when he does. lol
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Agreed.... it's just a knee jerk reaction though... I'd have to go through specialized blenny-biting training sessions to sufficiently minimize my reaction to it. Perhaps some therapy is in order. :P

LOL I just looked up a pic of a mimic blenny and it looks like it has an attitude! hehe
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Mabye you should return it if its to much for you to handle. Sorry to seem harsh, but I can't believe you almost broke your tank over a tiny fish bite.
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Mabye you should return it if its to much for you to handle. Sorry to seem harsh, but I can't believe you almost broke your tank over a tiny fish bite.
It's just a reaction, it has happened to me as well. Haven't you ever been startled over something little or stupid?
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This was my friends mimic that got pawned to him as a regular cleaner. As a way of telling, the mimic blennie has a more shark-like jaw with the upper jaw larger than the lower jaw. The normal cleaner has both lips of an equal proportion. It's a good thing to know.
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