View Full Version : OCT: EA PHOTO - Symbiotic Relationships

10-03-2008, 07:37 PM
Welcome to another EA Photo Contest on Canreef!


All entries must show some kind of symbiotic relationship, doesn't have to be textbook but if it's not you need to explain. For those who don't know, a symbiotic relationship is a relationship or bond between two or more specimens in which everybody benefits in some way. As always I would like new pictures please, not old ones.

Requested, but not required, members should post info about their picture. This should include a picture title and camera specs.

Only the first 20 entries will be used, so do not delay.Entries will be accepted until October 24, 2008.

Post entries here, if you cannot post your picture please email it to me (sphelps@sasktel.net) and I will post it for you.

Good Luck!!

The winner will be determined by you, the voters, and the winner will receive a framed picture

Contest Rules are as follows:

1) You must follow the guidelines given for each contest

2) ALL members including vendors can enter, I just ask that the picture is from a personal or display tank, not store stock.

3) As long as YOU take the picture and it fits the guidelines you can enter it, I donít care whose tank itís from

4) First come, first serve up to 20. But do not hesitate to continue posting pictures if 20 were already posted.

5) Each can post as many pictures as they want, but only ONE can be entered. Please specify which one when posting multiple pictures or I will choose for you.

6) Have Fun!

10-06-2008, 05:08 PM
I know you folks can do this one, lots of options. I was also corrected on my definition of symbiotic by my lovely girlfriend who needs to remember she's an engineer now not a biologist, you've been converted.
Anyways I guess they don't both have to benefit as there are three types of symbiotic relationships. I'll probably be corrected again but:
1) Both benefit
2) One benefits
3) Neither benefit
I would love to see examples of all these! Oh and if you disagree on the definition let me know cause I love feeding the fire :mrgreen:

10-06-2008, 05:40 PM
Can you give an example of a symbiotic relationship where neither benefits? I'm not challenging your definition, I'm just really curious!

10-06-2008, 05:41 PM
So the relationship between me and my wallet is what? #2? #3? Maybe we need a 2.5.

10-06-2008, 05:45 PM
That's a good one, Catherine. For #3, I was thinking Britney Spears and K-Fed....but I don't think I'll be able to get a picture of them anytime soon.

10-06-2008, 05:55 PM
Wait there's more!

Mutualism: both species benefit
Commensalism: one species benefits, the other is unaffected
Parasitism: one species benefits, the other is harmed
Competition: neither species benefits
Neutralism: both species are unaffected

Not sure if all those are right, but I guess there are many types, more than listed so have fun with this one.

I'll leave the examples up to you.

10-06-2008, 06:17 PM
Are we forgetting clownfish and their 'nems?? :D Or pistol shrimp and their gobies? How about coral and zooxanthellae? Cleaner shrimp and fish? Do those count?

Isn't there a deepwater cucumber that has a shrimp or fish that lives up it's bum? THAT'S a funny one! (Tho I doubt it lives in the home aquarium :)

Maybe I'll learn to use my camera today :)

10-06-2008, 06:20 PM

My 5 fish tanks/ponds and my wallet.

Good relationship that I'm sure we all have.

10-06-2008, 06:31 PM
This is my personal favorite:


10-06-2008, 06:41 PM
Holy Moley! Gives new meaning to the "Not tonight dear, I have a "head" ache."
I've heard of trouser snakes, but not trouser fish.

10-06-2008, 06:46 PM
Ok, let's Not photograph that one!! :biggrin:

10-06-2008, 07:38 PM
Everytime the re inactment of the fish swimming into his "willy" and his reaction happened I burst out laughing. Im awful.

10-07-2008, 05:01 AM
My yellow tang and cleaner wrasse. Nikon D40 DSLR camera


10-07-2008, 05:08 AM
My cleaner wrasse and blueface angel


My cleaner and salfin


I can't decide which picture out of these 3 (these 2 and the 1 in above post) to enter so please pick the best one. They were all taken with the same camera. Thanks Laurie

10-07-2008, 05:43 AM
My two Ocelaris Clowns Host in my small Squamosa and Derasa clams and if there not hanging there they are in the large Squamosa clam.




10-07-2008, 05:46 AM
I already used my pistol shrimp/shrimp goby photo, so I will use this one of my Lyretail Anthias and Cleaner Goby: :)


10-07-2008, 04:28 PM
Entries for Robert J





robert J
10-07-2008, 04:44 PM
Thank you Sphelps. Thanks for helping me post these pictures.

reef bound
10-07-2008, 10:38 PM
My blue tuxedo urchin--- the little one. My paly gets to take a tour of the tank while the urchin gets to use it as camouflage. I think that counts as symbiotic....3315

reef bound
10-07-2008, 10:51 PM
My pic didn't come up, so sphelps must help me too. (sigh)

robert J
10-07-2008, 11:20 PM
OMG ... Your Tuxedo urchin carrying a green polyp is sooooo cute

10-08-2008, 12:35 AM
My pic didn't come up, so sphelps must help me too. (sigh)

It did work, I was just about to post it for but I guess you figured it out :biggrin:

10-08-2008, 08:51 AM

10-08-2008, 09:18 AM

10-09-2008, 09:41 AM
Well i just realized that someone had already entered a picture of a clown goby in SPS. So I though I would add this one ! Don't care what picture you use:biggrin: The relationship is kinda one way because the red star is getting shade under the frogspawn but still kinda a relationship.:lol: I am using a cannon G7(I don't know how to use it)

10-09-2008, 03:47 PM
I think we are stretching the term "symbiotic" a little far here!

I'm not a huge fan of wiki but here it is:

"The term symbiosis (from the Greek: σύν syn "with"; and βίωσις biosis "living") commonly describes close and often long-term interactions between different biological species. The term was first used in 1879 by the German mycologist, Heinrich Anton de Bary, who defined it as: "the living together of unlike organisms".[2][3]

The definition of symbiosis is in flux and the term has been applied to a wide range of biological interactions. The symbiotic relationship may be categorized as being mutualistic, parasitic, or commensal in nature [4][5]. Others define it more narrowly, as only those relationships from which both organisms benefit, in which case it would be synonymous with mutualism.[6][7][8]

Symbiotic relationships included those associations in which one organisms lives on another (ectosymbiosis, such as mistletoe), or where one partner lives inside another (endosymbiosis, such as lactobacilli and other bacteria in humans or zooxanthelles in corals). Symbiotic relationships may be either obligate, i.e., necessary to the survival of at least one of the organisms involved, or facultative, where the relationship is beneficial but not essential to survival of the organisms. [9][10]"


10-09-2008, 07:52 PM
Its like I just got in trouble from a teacher! hahahaha. I put up that pic mostly because its funny. It looks like the starfish is passed out under a tree getting some shade. If it doesn't work with the POTM contest then ignore it.

I know what a symbiotic relationship is LOL

You Didn't Have to Break Out The Dictionary On Me.:wink:

10-09-2008, 08:23 PM
I think we are stretching the term "symbiotic" a little far here!

Just remember this all for fun and to promote photography. I'm just happy people are participating. I agree sometimes the pictures don't always match the topic exactly but in the end you can vote for whomever you want so what does it really matter?

Just try and enjoy the pictures, if things get too far out there I will take care of it.

10-09-2008, 09:15 PM
I was only joking around. I thought it was funny. It reminded me of when I was in school and I did something dumb and the teacher would tell me otherwise!!!!:mrgreen:. I just don't take things a serious as others. But I still love Canreef and appreciate constructive criticism.


10-10-2008, 04:56 PM
I'm just trying to be educational :D

10-11-2008, 04:12 PM
This is my personal favorite:


you gotta give a warning next time!! that gives me the chills...

And this will be my entry... Probably fits into category #3...

Emerald crab hosting my Torch Coral:

Jason McK
10-11-2008, 04:58 PM
Here is mine
The Symbiotic relationship is obvious


10-11-2008, 09:09 PM
Haha, I was wondering if someone else had that same idea I had about a symbiosis with our tanks :mrgreen:

Fire Urchin
10-11-2008, 09:44 PM
All sorts of symbiosis happening here:


10-11-2008, 11:47 PM

Skimmer King
10-11-2008, 11:52 PM
this is mine I'm one with my filter sock thanks to DOUG:mrgreen: http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=3350&d=1223762371

10-12-2008, 12:29 AM
Here is mine
The Symbiotic relationship is obvious


The resemblance is uncanny :D

10-12-2008, 02:28 AM
Didn't that colony die Jason?

Jason McK
10-12-2008, 03:20 AM
Didn't that colony die Jason?

NO!!! That's the blue stag at the back of the tank the Acropora Abrolhosensis

10-12-2008, 07:05 AM
Well, these are my two clowns guarding their anemone while it eats. (that's why it's shrivelly) I tried to get a pic of them feeding it but they are too fast! I think I will submit the 2nd one.


"On Guard!"

Taken with a Nikon D40...random settings...I'm still only capaple of random settings....*sigh* lol

10-12-2008, 07:52 AM
I don't have any cool shrimpy/crabby/fishy/anemone-y combinations, so I'm going to go with the zooxanthellae/coral symbiosis! No tweaking or anything in photoshop...this is top-down.


10-12-2008, 04:42 PM
Here are my clowns...


10-12-2008, 06:59 PM
Not thinking the Xenia gets anything out of it but my clowns after ignoring it for years now love the stuff.


10-14-2008, 05:29 AM
Clowns hosting red bubble tip anemone

10-14-2008, 05:58 PM
Well, I guess it's better than my zoas-which are his usual "garb". Now he's chosen some blue sponge with a nice green paly hat. Always tasteful.


Jason McK
10-14-2008, 06:05 PM
That's Cool

10-14-2008, 06:07 PM
Seriously cool!

10-15-2008, 01:01 AM
I'll 3rd the "that's cool" statement

10-15-2008, 01:52 AM
NOW it's cool. It wasn't as cool when he was wearing my rare blue zoas. I muttered several explicatives in his general direction. :wink:

10-15-2008, 04:06 AM
Yeah that one is pretty cool, I actually didn't notice it was a crab until about my third look. LOL I was wondering what you all thought was so great about some sponge with a paly :mrgreen:

Very Nice!

10-15-2008, 06:28 PM
Very cool! One time my urchin picked up a colony of my zoos, and I never saw them again. :S

10-15-2008, 08:19 PM
Very cool! One time my urchin picked up a colony of my zoos, and I never saw them again. :S

That would seriously tick me off, lol.

10-16-2008, 04:21 PM

10-23-2008, 10:05 PM
Tomorrow is the last day for entries, I haven't counted but I believe there is still space for more.

10-24-2008, 01:53 AM


10-24-2008, 02:11 AM
yeah that's a good one, but I have to admit I still really like that crab, that thing was crazy. Wish someone could post more pictures of it :wink:

10-24-2008, 05:56 AM
Here is mine
The Symbiotic relationship is obvious