My Damsel Is A Health Freak

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by Rcpilot, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. Rcpilot

    Rcpilot

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2007
    Messages:
    3,972
    Likes Received:
    407
    Location:
    Melbourne, FL
    I'm still running the magnum canister on my tank. I pull the nylon filter media every other day and rinse the debris off.

    Today, I caught my damsel swimming in the current from the canister. The discharge nozzle is pointed down in the tank at a 45* angle and she's got her head pointed right at the nozzle and swimming her little ass off. Kinda like she was on the treadmill. :sfish:

    She would do this for 15 seconds and then dive out of the current and float around. Kinda laze around in the tank for a minute or two and then she'd be right back at the nozzle again. Swimming her ass off for between 10 and 20 seconds at a time.

    She did this about 7 times in a row that I saw before she stopped. All told, this was a 20 minute spectacle.

    Weird.

    (BTW-- I have no idea if it's a male or female, but the kids named it Dory, so that's why I refer to it as "her" or "she" )

    Thought I saw her doing this a couple days ago, but dismissed it. Seams like she's a regular at this.

    I'm REALLY gonna mess her up when I put a 500GPH powerhead in the tank and set it on a 15 minute timer to simulate waves/tidal surges. LOL
     
    Rcpilot, Aug 22, 2007
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Rcpilot

    hibye

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    133
    Location:
    PA USA
    lol ha ha
     
    hibye, Aug 22, 2007
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. Rcpilot

    RigoSharon LIVING REEFS INTERN

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,371
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    mayaguez, Puerto Rico
    nice..damsels are amazing..
     
    RigoSharon, Aug 22, 2007
    #3
  4. Rcpilot

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    I have heard of lots of clowns doing that too.
     
    Bifferwine, Aug 22, 2007
    #4
  5. Rcpilot

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    Thats prolly what the fish is asking."I NEED MORE FLOW"
     
    reeffreak, Aug 22, 2007
    #5
  6. Rcpilot

    Rcpilot

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2007
    Messages:
    3,972
    Likes Received:
    407
    Location:
    Melbourne, FL
    She's gonna get more flow soon as I get some bills paid and get my RO unit. I'm going to put a good sized powerhead in the tank and set it on a timer. I'd like to see her try and swim against a 500GPH powerhead!! :shock:
     
    Rcpilot, Aug 22, 2007
    #6
  7. Rcpilot

    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2006
    Messages:
    26,996
    Likes Received:
    3,868
    Location:
    Ringgold,Ga
    Funny how some fish like to hit the current.My Scopus tang loves to swim in the flow of K-4.
     
    yote, Aug 22, 2007
    #7
  8. Rcpilot

    Doc I don't work for anybody

    Joined:
    May 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    UT
    My powder blue lives in the flow of a powerhead, when he is not picking at my nepthia...little bastard eats more of my corals than my angels do


    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
    Doc, Aug 23, 2007
    #8
  9. Rcpilot

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    Wait a sec..............

    Doc,your Powder Blue is eating your corals?
    Oh geez!!!
     
    reeffreak, Aug 23, 2007
    #9
  10. Rcpilot

    Doc I don't work for anybody

    Joined:
    May 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    UT
    yeah, can you believe that? He is going to be replaced by an Atlantic Blue pretty soon if he doesn't stop nipping at my nepthia. He has already reaten one stalk of it. LIttler jerk...

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
    Doc, Aug 23, 2007
    #10
  11. Rcpilot

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    Scratch Powder Blue off the list:sniffles:
     
    reeffreak, Aug 24, 2007
    #11
  12. Rcpilot

    Rcpilot

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2007
    Messages:
    3,972
    Likes Received:
    407
    Location:
    Melbourne, FL
    Did you trade it?

    Did it just up and die?

    What happened?
     
    Rcpilot, Aug 24, 2007
    #12
  13. Rcpilot

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    RC were you referring to Dr. Marco or me?
    I just recently set up a new system and a Powder Blue was on my stocking list for fish that I wanted to keep.I may have to reconsider that decision since Doc's fish is nibbling on his corals.
     
    reeffreak, Aug 24, 2007
    #13
  14. Rcpilot

    Rcpilot

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2007
    Messages:
    3,972
    Likes Received:
    407
    Location:
    Melbourne, FL
    Gotcha.

    I got confused about who had fish eating corals and who was thinking of stocking the fish.

    My bad.
     
    Rcpilot, Aug 24, 2007
    #14
  15. Rcpilot

    Doc I don't work for anybody

    Joined:
    May 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    UT
    it seems as if the entire Acanthurus family can be difficult to keep alive, unless in a seasoned tank - they are by far the MOST aggressive of the tangs - followed by the family Zebramosa (IMHO).

    I don't want to discourage you from getting one Reeffreak. I think my powder blue is an anomoly. My favorite tang is a Sohal Tang, but I just don't have the space to keep another fish (yet) and Sohals get SOOOO aggressive as they get bigger. But just do damned pretty. Anyway, I would still put it on the list.

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
    Doc, Aug 24, 2007
    #15
  16. Rcpilot

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    I was thinking the same way Doc.Maybe your Powder Blue is a very rare case.I guess all the competition for food is making the Tang nibbling,who knows.I'll put it back on the list but I'm pming you a funky message if it starts tasting my corals(jk BTW).
     
    reeffreak, Aug 24, 2007
    #16
  17. Rcpilot

    Doc I don't work for anybody

    Joined:
    May 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    UT
    He could just be nipping at left over food that got stuck on the coral. Who knows. There is so much activity in my tank, it is hard to tell who is doing what. I would put both the powder blue and a sohal tang on your list.

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
    Doc, Aug 25, 2007
    #17
  18. Rcpilot

    LionFish Resident Photoshopper

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2007
    Messages:
    1,670
    Likes Received:
    155
    Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
    I think his powder blue is learning bad habbits from his angles! lol

    My fish form a line and take turns swimming in the K3 lol.. quite the site!
     
    LionFish, Aug 25, 2007
    #18
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.