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Man Survives Mbuna Attack!

Postby Smeagol » Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:56 pm

Um... Why didn't anyone tell me mbuna bite?! :o I nearly got my arm gnawed off today when I reached into the tank to remove a slice of zucchini that I gave them as a treat.
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Re: Man Survives Mbuna Attack!

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:35 am

IME only the maingano have nipped at me. It is startling but no blood is drawn. Good to hear you survived.
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Re: Man Survives Mbuna Attack!

Postby Smeagol » Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:12 am

DJRansome wrote:IME only the maingano have nipped at me. It is startling but no blood is drawn. Good to hear you survived.

It was all of them: Maingano, Yellow Labs, and Acei. At first I thought I was getting shocked; it felt like a whole bunch of little sparks hitting my arm. I thought, "oh no, my heater is shorted out and electrifying the water!" But then I saw it with my own eyes.... mbuna attack!
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Re: Man Survives Mbuna Attack!

Postby jcover » Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:31 pm

FYI - Haps will do that too, lol. My venustus and star sapphires will do this.
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Re: Man Survives Mbuna Attack!

Postby Deeda » Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:52 pm

I too am glad you survived the attack.

A few years ago I was keeping some Lake Tanganyika 'Lamprologus' speciosus or what was called then the Black Ocellatus shelldwellers and was scraping some algae off the front glass and this little 2 inch fish latched on to the meaty part of my hand and when I jerked my hand out of the water, the fish landed on the floor. I quickly got it back in the tank with no harm to the fish.
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Re: Man Survives Mbuna Attack!

Postby wryan » Sun Mar 28, 2021 10:39 pm

jcover wrote:FYI - Haps will do that too, lol. My venustus and star sapphires will do this.


I've had the S. fryeri do it here ... :thumb:
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Re: Man Survives Mbuna Attack!

Postby SenorStrum » Mon Mar 29, 2021 3:16 pm

I feel for Deeda! The first time my Acei bit me, I jerked my arm out so fast I almost broke the glass top! Scared the heck out of my kids too...

Oh, and I'm sorry to tell you that you legally have to call animal control now and report the incident. What if they got out of your house!? It could be a danger to the community! :) :lol: :lol:
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Re: Man Survives Mbuna Attack!

Postby Rhinox » Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:37 pm

My mbuna used to nibble but I never got enough of a pinch to startle or hurt :fish:
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