My bristlenose "blinks" at me!

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My bristlenose "blinks" at me!

Postby Wendyanne » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:49 pm

I got a bristlenose at Christmas-called Balthazar (apologies to those who dont do fish naming) he is beautiful! and he "blinks" at me - or thats what it looks like, a long, blink - is this possible?

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Postby Loobell » Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:17 pm

Plecs do appear to blink from time to time... I believe that they are actually rolling their eyes as they do not (as far as I am aware) have eyelids.

They are not the only fish to have this ability some corys do this as well (mine do anyway!) Evidently some fish "blink back their eyes" to protect them when feeding... a well known example would be sharks.

Anyway nothing to worry about but it can be a bit disconcerting. Just tell yourself that Balthazar is winking at you !
A little knowledge is definately a dangerous thing when it comes to fishkeeping... That's why this place is so helpful :-) !

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Postby User Error » Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:01 pm

Ive noticed my corys "blinking" quite a lot too...quite cute (if you can call corys that)
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