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Very interesting and unusual observations !!!!!!!

Posted By: Suzanne <Loachfreaks@earthlink.net>
Date: Friday, 20 October 2000, at 12:23 p.m.

OK guys...here's the scoop:

My last few post reguarding my loach play has just taken a new turn. I have been interacting with my loaches for ten to fifteen minutes at a time and testing and observing their reactions. So far, two yoyos, three striatas, five clowns, one modesta and one L.guilenensis has exhibited the sparing behavior initiated by me.

-the clowns act as a group and guard their territory as a group
-the yoyos, modesta, and guilenensis act on their own.
-the striatas sort of jump in on the spar and try to get in a few spinies.

All of the loaches mentioned exihibited the following behavior:

-they start with a staredown initiated by me.
-they arch their backs and shake thier fins and bring their heads up and do the staredown again.
-during the staredown they give the loach lips and that seems to be an insult or, an invite to spar.
-they then take the stance and do a combo of all the above mentioned.
-finally they seem to tilt sideways and show the spines and then start all over again.

Here is what I found REALLY interesting:

-All of the loaches seemed to recognized my face and my lips. I was re-enacting the "loach lips" and they started doing it too. I thought this was a coincedence until i would do it singly and they would answer me back with it.
-I acted like i was taking over a piece of their territory (a piece of driftwood in the front of the tank) and they fought me for it. I won. Whenever my back is turned, they will go and sit on it to spite me but when i sit back down in my usual position they leave or try again to fight me for it.
-all of my experiments were conducted from an eyelevel position.

OK there it is :)
I thought this was too cool to pass up sharing. Maybe i need "HELP" but oh well.

Hope you enjoy the findings

Suzanne
 

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