ID wrasse

xinumaster

reef addict
Can anyone help ID this wrasse on the right?

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xinumaster

reef addict
the lfs where I bought this fish said it is a cleaner wrasse from hawaii. But I like to know the specific name for this morh.
 

Sparkss

Active member
I can't find my fish book, but it looks like the cleaner wrasse that when it grows to an adult it becomes an obligate coral polyp eater (similar to a filefish, I believe).
 

Matt_Wandell

New member
This is a juvenile Pseudodax moluccans.

http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=5594

It is neither from Hawaii nor an obligate cleaner, although the juveniles do clean on occasion. :D

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Adults reach about 10" and adapt reasonably well to captivity. I have had no problem getting this fish to accept frozen mysis shrimp. Provide a fine sandbed and peaceful tankmates. Care is similar to any large Halichoeres spp. wrasses. Small shrimp and snails may get eaten when it gets large.

The adults are quite beautiful.
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Matt_Wandell

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The Hawaiian cleaner wrasse (pictured below) is quite different in appearance. It does not adapt well to captivity at all and should not be collected IMhO.

Labroides phthirophagus
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650-IS350

New member
I figured it was a juvi.. but a lot of Juvi wrasses do take on cleaning duties for easy food.

Oh yeah, I knew it wasn't that type of H.W.
 

nanoguy

Premium Member
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11632066#post11632066 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by -=Zepplock=-
It's either Blurry Wrasse or Out-Of-Focus Wrasse, not sure ;-)
:D
 

Matt_Wandell

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<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11633532#post11633532 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by xinumaster
Thanks Matt. How big does it grow in captivity?

10" in the wild. I can't say that I've ever seen an adult in captivity. As attractive and widespread as it is it's a fairly uncommon fish to come by in the trade, although it's certainly never very expensive. I would plan on having at least a 180 gallon tank set up for it as a bare minimum.
 

Elite

New member
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11640198#post11640198 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by xinumaster
Darmm! 6 of my other wrasses got together and just killed him.

Ouch :( ..
 

xinumaster

reef addict
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11640460#post11640460 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by delsol650
Are you joking around perry or serious.

Each wrasse took turns in beating the new guy. They might have been jealous cause the new wrasse was more prettier. I turned off the lights but they keep on following him. Poor guy I didn't got the chance to save him. I just saw him floating up side down this morning.
 
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650-IS350

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sorry to hear perry , I've had that happen a couple of times with my wrasses. Mystery's, Lineatus supermales, and other nice wrasses.
 
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