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Old 01/07/2008, 09:52 PM
kawicivic kawicivic is offline
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Smoking?! mandarin

my mandarin just puffed what appeared to be smoke out of his fins. At first I thought a stomatella was spraying him (looked just like when the stomatella shoots sperm into the water column). Then I realized it was spraying out right about his pectoral? fins.

any idea what is going on?

Was he just passing stuff/detritus through his system? or is this some sort of reproductive behavior?
Old 01/07/2008, 10:07 PM
PJSEA PJSEA is offline
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That's the fish eating. I think the inedible portions of what they gulp in pass thru and you see this as a puff of "smoke"
Old 01/07/2008, 10:21 PM
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i wondered if that was what it was but it was too cool to just wonder
Old 01/07/2008, 11:23 PM
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good to watch and a great way to get detritus back into the water column
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Old 01/07/2008, 11:34 PM
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really neat to seeing it under actinics only too
Old 01/08/2008, 12:32 AM
Fairy Wrassler Fairy Wrassler is offline
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Mine do this too. It doesn't look like they have the stuff to bite rock and spray smoke, but they do....

I used to have an anampses wrasse that picked the rock non-stop. leaving little explosions all over the place. I named him Jack after Gelignite Jack Murray, a rally driver here in Australia in the 50's who was famous for throwing sticks of gelignite out of his car and blowing stuff up all over the outback.

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Old 01/08/2008, 07:01 AM
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What brand is he smoking? All of mine do the same thing. Funny to watch.
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