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Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by caddy, 21 Apr 2012.

  1. caddy

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    My friend got this fish and wants to put it into his tank. But i thought we should find out what it is first and if its friendly.

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  3. Gesiggie

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    Hi Caddy,
    The markings look similar to those of a soapfish. (Grammistes sexlineatus)
    Soapfishes are predators and give off a toxin to protect themselves from predators.

    Or it could be some juvenile of a species that change it's markings when adult...??
     
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    A grouper of some kind? If you look at its mouth its got a bit upward facing mouth. Means he's predator so maybe not a good idea for a tank. I could be wrong though :)
     
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    yip correct, sixline soapfish, they are groupers as scubaninja pointed out, great for FOWLR, not really reef compatitable
     
  6. caddy

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    Thankyou very much. I always wanna make sure first.
     
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    According to my book,(Reef fishes and corals East coast of SA p24), they are relatively uncommon, solitary and secretive...
    They prey on small fish and crustaceans and grow to a length of 15 cm.

    Think it would actually be nice to keep one in a predator tank....
     
  8. Lord_Blackadder

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    I wouldn't put it in. The toxins they secrete are quite dangerous to other fish in a confined space, and they'll eat anything they can fit into their mouths (which are big).
     
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    very nice fish!
     
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    They very commen up here, always in a cave or overhang, they get to over 30cms,
     
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    Dont even think of putting that fish in your tank unless you are setting up a large predator only system
     
  12. caddy

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    This fish was returned safely to the sea.
     
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