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Old 02/21/2018, 11:47 PM   #51
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Since we're on the topic of Xenia, I ran across this while looking at other stuff, and it kinda blew my mind.
https://reefs.com/2015/09/23/remarka...s-found-xenia/
(scroll to the bottom. That xenia shrimp is incredible.)

It's a whole little cryptic world of fish and inverts that mimic xenia and live embedded in it.
I've had it stuck in my head since I saw it, and a small part of me has been thinking about reworking a hunk of my tank to devote to a xenia community.


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Old 02/22/2018, 05:50 AM   #52
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Since we're on the topic of Xenia, I ran across this while looking at other stuff, and it kinda blew my mind.
https://reefs.com/2015/09/23/remarka...s-found-xenia/
(scroll to the bottom. That xenia shrimp is incredible.)

It's a whole little cryptic world of fish and inverts that mimic xenia and live embedded in it.
I've had it stuck in my head since I saw it, and a small part of me has been thinking about reworking a hunk of my tank to devote to a xenia community.
Wow, I had no idea. That is so cool and certainly could make a really neat corner in an aquarium. I had to really study the last photo to even see the shrimp! Thanks for sharing.


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Old 02/24/2018, 06:55 PM   #53
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2018-02-24_07-36-01 by Dawn Gilson, on Flickr
Meet Whiplash, the new Snyder Weaver Blenny!


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Old 02/24/2018, 06:58 PM   #54
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2018-02-24_07-38-10 by Dawn Gilson, on Flickr
I thought Jammies, the pajama cardinal might be lonely so I also got him 2 more friends.


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Old 02/24/2018, 09:09 PM   #55
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Great new fish! Those Cardinals readily spawn in aquaria. So fun! Having new fish is great.


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Old 02/25/2018, 07:18 AM   #56
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I also like those cardinals because of there peaceful nature, but much more so because of there tendency to swim in the open.


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Old 02/25/2018, 06:20 PM   #57
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Great new fish! Those Cardinals readily spawn in aquaria. So fun! Having new fish is great.
I knew the Bangaii spawn in aquaria and were mouth brooders. Do you know if it is the same with the pajama cardinals?


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Old 02/25/2018, 06:21 PM   #58
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I also like those cardinals because of there peaceful nature, but much more so because of there tendency to swin in the open.
I was wanting a grouping of fish that would occupy the top third of the tank and so these guys are perfect for that.


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Old 03/01/2018, 06:11 AM   #59
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Dawn, your new fish look terrific, as does your tank!

Just so you know, that isn't a true blenny, not that it matters, because it's a very cool fish. But, I seem to remember that they can be pretty aggressive. After a quick search, I found a post from a fellow RC member about them:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...2&postcount=20

So maybe just keep an eye on him. Hopefully, he'll be compatible with your fish. The fish referenced in the link isn't the same exact species, but same genus.

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Since we're on the topic of Xenia, I ran across this while looking at other stuff, and it kinda blew my mind.
https://reefs.com/2015/09/23/remarka...s-found-xenia/
(scroll to the bottom. That xenia shrimp is incredible.)

It's a whole little cryptic world of fish and inverts that mimic xenia and live embedded in it.
I've had it stuck in my head since I saw it, and a small part of me has been thinking about reworking a hunk of my tank to devote to a xenia community.
Wow, that is amazing, and quite subtly beautiful! That would make for a fantastic biotope aquarium. If I only had the space and money


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Old 03/01/2018, 06:19 AM   #60
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A little more info, probably more helpful:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...60&postcount=4

If he behaves, he should be very entertaining


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Old 03/01/2018, 08:50 PM   #61
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A little more info, probably more helpful:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...60&postcount=4

If he behaves, he should be very entertaining
Thanks Chasmodes. You know, I did not think his face was very blenny like, especially his googly eyes that articulate independently. I will have to watch him closely. He definitely likes to eat but since the ponies eat from a dish it's been ok with them. I just squirt a little mysis Whiplash's way and he's on it. So far so good but time will tell.


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Old 03/05/2018, 05:55 AM   #62
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Whiplash is quite beautiful too


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Whiplash is quite beautiful too
Yes, he is quite beautiful and has quite an outgoing personality. He is bold 'in your face' but I have not seen him exhibit any aggresion toward the other inhabitants. I was especially worried about the mandarins since their shape is a little like his. Yesterday the female crawled right over his head and he did nothing at all so I think everything will be ok, as long as I feed him well. He is greedy about food, ha ha.


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Old 03/06/2018, 07:06 AM   #64
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Yes, he is quite beautiful and has quite an outgoing personality. He is bold 'in your face' but I have not seen him exhibit any aggresion toward the other inhabitants. I was especially worried about the mandarins since their shape is a little like his. Yesterday the female crawled right over his head and he did nothing at all so I think everything will be ok, as long as I feed him well. He is greedy about food, ha ha.
That's great! He sounds like a fun addition to your tank!


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Old 03/14/2018, 12:11 PM   #65
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How is everything Dawn? The new guy doing well?


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Old 03/15/2018, 05:48 AM   #66
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How is everything Dawn? The new guy doing well?
Thanks for asking Kevin. Unfortunately Whiplash is not playing well with others. I caught him attacking the larger pajama cardinal, Jammies totally for no reason. Also Whiplash swims into the seahorses' food bowl swishing their food all over the place, even though I first squirt food for him to eat. He's cute as a button but he sure is a stinker.

I have a diy fish trap that I need to try and catch him with. I am sure that I could never get him with a net without totally freaking out the ponies.


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Old 03/15/2018, 06:27 AM   #67
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Sorry to hear that, I was hoping that he'd work out for you. Good luck catching him. Any thoughts on a replacement species?


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Sorry to hear that, I was hoping that he'd work out for you. Good luck catching him. Any thoughts on a replacement species?
Well I caught him, PTL. His greediness about food made it relatively easy. I just added frozen mysis into the bottle trap and Whiplash just went right in after it.

I am not sure what I should put in to replace him. After going through this I am not in a hurry. Right now poor Whiplash is in the feeder shrimp tank. It has good water quality but is only a 5.5 gallon tank. I may need to rehome him.


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Old 03/16/2018, 06:57 AM   #69
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This is a lesson to all those who are greedy

I'd suggest barnacle blennies or perhaps Caribbean sailfin blennies. They're small and not aggressive to other species, and the barnacle blennies most likely will keep to their holes and dart out of them to feed. And, they only get about 2" max size.


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This is a lesson to all those who are greedy

I'd suggest barnacle blennies or perhaps Caribbean sailfin blennies. They're small and not aggressive to other species, and the barnacle blennies most likely will keep to their holes and dart out of them to feed. And, they only get about 2" max size.
Thanks Kevin, I will keep that in mind.


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Old 03/16/2018, 09:49 PM   #71
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Old 03/19/2018, 06:57 PM   #72
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2018-03-19_05-03-48 by Dawn Gilson, on Flickr
Here is Whiplash in his new time-out tank. He is a sturdy little guy and never missed a beat (or a meal). He settled in immediately and seems to be doing well.


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Old 03/19/2018, 08:31 PM   #73
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Cool pic!


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Old 03/20/2018, 10:08 AM   #74
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He looks great in there!


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Thanks Michael. He is pretty easy to photogragh because every time he sees me he begs for food.


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