Dont Buy a Moorish Idol

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  1. darrencon

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    Hi All

    I lost my Moorish Idol last night. Has been eating since I got him 2 weeks ago. Was quite suprised by the sudden death..

    It was an impulse buy...

    Please learn from my mistake and dont buy these beautiful fish.... They belong in our oceans....
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Thanks Darren. The problem with the moorish idol, is that it is SO PRETTY.... And when people see it in the shops, then they just want to put it in their tanks.

    It is VERY unfortunate that these fish are being caught at all, and are being sold at fish stores at all! As I think that they might be doomed to death in ANY case.

    Moorish idols NEED to be fed - at least 16 hours of the day. They are CONSTANT grazers and need a CONSTANT supply of food.... NOT like some other fish that can survive quite well on a once daily feed....
     
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    darrencon Thread Starter

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    Thats why I want to share my experiance.... hopefully I can get the message across.

    Its not fun loosing a fish....
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Thanks for posting this Darren, it is true Moorish Idols don't fare well in tanks, however well set up, i know a couple of very experienced reefers that hae tried, and like you lost, a Moorish Idol, it's not worth it, they should really be on the "stop" list.
     
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    It's one of the most beautiful fish out there- partly a reason why I started! then I read some articles on them...:( !
     
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    Sad to hear it, but i have to say well said, they can be looked after by very few experienced reefers, the rest of us mugs can't, they need to be listed by our governemnts really
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    yeah it is sad,that we cant keep these beauties.ive kept 2 locally caught guys,1 in my 4ft tank which outgrew the tank so chucked him back from where i got him (north pier) and the other was in a 5ft tank that popped and i lost it.but i must say,i tried these guys before and lost quiet a few,learnt from my mistakes
     
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    yip also had one.
    It lasted for 2 months.
    i eventualy read up on them after he died.:whistling:
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Was also one of the first fish I bought when I didn't know any better, damn LFS didn't say anything to me about it either :( here is a pic of mine before he died.

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    eish!!i just love these fish
     
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