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Old 12-29-2008, 4:11 PM   #1
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Tail Spot Blenny pair

I'm pretty excited! I picked up a second Tail Spot Blenny (Ecsenius stigmatura) from another reefer to try and pair up with the one I have had in my tank. I was pretty sure the one I had was a female and the new one appreared to be a male. I introduced them about 10 days ago and tonight I was watching the tank and could see the male doing a courtship display, trying to entice the female. The pair swam together for a few minutes before the female broke it off. My female looks to be gravid with eggs. I added a couple of spawning pots for the male, so hopefully he will be able to entice her to lay eggs some time soon. I'd really like to try raising these guys because I think they are so cool! I'll post some pics when I can get them.
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we should just rename the breeders corner, to bob's corner. lol

good to hear, and good luck!

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Old 12-29-2008, 4:31 PM   #3
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we should just rename the breeders corner, to bob's corner. lol

good to hear, and good luck!
Hehehe... You all need to join in the fun!
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Old 12-29-2008, 4:41 PM   #4
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Hehehe... You all need to join in the fun!
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heck, right now I barely get coral growth, much less breeding. But I would love to be able to do that someday. Seems like it would be very rewarding (emotionally)

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Old 12-29-2008, 5:44 PM   #5
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heck, right now I barely get coral growth, much less breeding. But I would love to be able to do that someday. Seems like it would be very rewarding (emotionally)
It does take some effort but it is fun. It can also be pretty devastating when you lose them after all the hard work.

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Old 12-29-2008, 6:23 PM   #6
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Bob, this is one of my favorite fish.. How can i tell if mine is male or female?

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Smile Pics of the Tail Spot Blennies

Here are some not so great shots of the pair of Tail Spot Blennies. The first pictures are of the female, and you can see the swollen abdomen. The next few are when the male has been trying to swim with her and get her to follow him, and the last pic is of the male after he gives up!

















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Old 12-29-2008, 8:40 PM   #8
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Bob, this is one of my favorite fish.. How can i tell if mine is male or female?

Same here its going to be the first fish i pick up when i add fish to my reef tank.

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Bob, this is one of my favorite fish.. How can i tell if mine is male or female?
Trey,
I think it's tough to seperate them until they start to some signs of pairing. I think typically the males are larger / longer than females. But I think mine are about the same size...

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Old 12-29-2008, 8:50 PM   #10
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Congrats, Bob -- let me know when you want to try mating GDM eels!


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I call dibs!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 12-29-2008, 11:13 PM   #12
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Ha ha. Second in line.
Man I am so jealous. I have been trying to get my lfs to get one in for me for the past year. Nothing. Awesome fish.

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Budsreef was over today and saw the pair. The female is ripe with eggs. I made a small PVC cave out of 1" PVC capped on both ends and one end drilled with a 5/8" hole. The "cave" has been in the tank for a few days but while Bud was here today, the female finally found the cave and was sitting in the opening. The male watched from his barnacle perch. I'm hoping he takes the hint and moves down to the PVC and they start nesting. I'll post a pic tomorrow when the lights are back on... very cool and hoping to have eggs soon.
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I picked up a tail spot on Wednesday, and as soon as I finished acclimating him, I put him in the tank and he went straight into the rocks. I haven't seen him since then. Did yall have similar experiences? I really hope he wasn't eaten by the brittle star or CBS.

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They like to perch in holes. Mine disappeared for a few days in the QT tank while I was acclimating him. Hopefully yours should pop out in a day or two.
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That's what I figured. At the store he had one in the display and it jumped around from ledge to ledge, and the one I got from the sale display was sitting on a piece of rock looking at me. I think he'll be fine, just paranoid about a 1" fish that cost half a tank of gas, lol.

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Will you be at the next meeting? I have plans to set up a breeding and fry raising system and you seem to know alot about this stuff so I would like to check my ideas with you.

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Will you be at the next meeting? I have plans to set up a breeding and fry raising system and you seem to know alot about this stuff so I would like to check my ideas with you.
I will be there. Happy to talk to you about your plans!
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Tailspot Blenny spawned!

Woohoo!!!!

This morning, I checked the 70G and saw that the male Tailspot Blenny had moved to a different barnacle. As I watched, I saw him swim back to his regualr barnacle and swim right out again. I thought it strange, so I kept watching only to see the female poke her head out. I also noticed most of the fish in the tank hanging out in front of the barnacle clusted as well as the cleaner shrimp. Yep! The female was laying eggs! I quickly grabbed the laptop and camera and took som video and pictures. They are not the best quality because the spot he picked is fairly dark. I watched for over an hour while the female would lay eggs and then the male would swim over and in to the hole to fertilize the eggs. I can't see in to the hole well enough to see the eggs but you can see in the video some eggs do not adhere and they float out to be nabbed by one of their tankmates. I first noticed them around 10AM and it's now after 12:00 and it seems like the female may be done and has lef the cave. The male took her place and is defending the nest hole. I'm not sure when they started but it was a minimum of two hours that I watched. I think the male with tend the eggs for between 6 and 8 days, at which point they hatch. Unfortunatley, since they choose not to use the PVC cave I put in the tank, I may not be able to get these eggs to try and raise.
Here are some of the pics of the female laying and the male fertilizing, as well as a link to the videos...

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The first three pics are of the female depositing the eggs








And the male visiting to fertilize the eggs.










Here are the links to the videos on youtube:

Video Clip #1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InILprE5j44



Video clip#2 :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWdapA9iRFE


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Well, after the meeting tonight, I had to come home and check on the Tailspot Blenny eggs. I took my flashlight and looked up in to the barnacle that the female layed the eggs in and I could see them pretty well! She lined the inside of the barnacle and they are starting to look silvery! I expect that they will hatch out in another couple of days, unfortunatley I am headed to the coast on Thursday so I won't be able to collect this batch. I'll be ready again next time! I'll try and get a picture of the eggs tomorrow.

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