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    Collateral Damage from Aquarium Feeding Frenzy

    Having fish feed aggressively can be a sign of great health and vigor. However, when this food is literally snatched from the lips of another fish it can cause significant physical damage. This is the case here. Despite keeping some distance and dinning on the scraps and missed pieces from larger fish, this Lyretail Anthias […]

    Having fish feed aggressively can be a sign of great health and vigor. However, when this food is literally snatched from the lips of another fish it can cause significant physical damage. This is the case here. Despite keeping some distance and dinning on the scraps and missed pieces from larger fish, this Lyretail Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) had competition for a particular mysis shrimp that it was after. Instead of getting the shrimp, the other fish took away the lower portion of this fish’s mouth and jaw. Now all that remains is jagged tissue leaving a large gaping opening.

    lyretail-anthias-damaged-jaw

    The third photo down shows the Lyretail Anthias swimming with one other female as if nothing happened. Interestingly the fish showed no signs of distress; it continued to shoal with the other fishes around the tank and dart to the front of the aquarium when people walked by–in an attempt to beg for more food! Thankfully this is not the same anthias that completed the tour de √©vier and passed down the plumbing of a kitchen sink!

    We wish this anthias a speedy recovery. Given the extent of the damage we do not expect a full recovery. The best we can hope for is that this fish will still be able to eat on its own.

    3 Comments

    1. Brandon
      October 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

      Sorry to hear that happened. Do you know which fish did the damage?

    2. Nicholas Sadaka
      October 20, 2009 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

      Poor little guy…hope he gets better soon. It’s hard to not sort of get mad at the food bullies of the tank and pull for the guys who are more docile!

    3. Peter K.
      October 20, 2009 at 11:13 PM | Permalink

      The poor guy looks stunned. Or maybe it’s just those big round fish-eyes. :o)
      Has he eaten since?

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