Juvenile Wrasse ID please

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  1. Richard Schultz

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    Hi guys

    Anyone have an I.D. for this little wrasse?
    at the moment its around 1cm long and being a wrasse i'm sure it will have doubled in length in a few weeks!
     
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    Wrasse? Looks like a juv moorish.
     
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    Don't know so much about that, I've never known fish to shapeshift so dramatically:m01: it's of the wrasse family
     
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    just checked with the Lemon guru. Confirmed a Halichoeres hortulanus juv.

    My ID of fish sucks...
     
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    Thanks chaps! was hoping it might be something less common!
     
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    yes that too:lol:
     
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    Yep, H. hortulanus, checkerboard wrasse. They look really nice at about 10cm+
     
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    Would love to keep it when it reaches adult size but unfortunately that's going to require a lot of swimming room! Will have to convince the wife to allow another tank..maybe 6ft+ :thumbup:
     
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    Just be sure your overflows etc. are covered. My current one went down a few times before it got too big to fit through the grid. For some reason the checkerboards always seem to show up super tiny.
     
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    Thanks. I was worried about that too! will need to drop the water level a bit to glue some gauze over.
    Any recommendations on diet for a leaf wrasse? currently mine is around 4cm and feeding mainly off live rock on worms and other small crustaceans. Will they take frozen brine shrimp eventually?
     
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    where did you go in the Transkei lol
     
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    Lwandile/Presley bay, conditions were perfect but the fish we really wanted just didn't turn up. Although we did manage some nice specimens
     
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    Try Ocean Nutrition frozen cyclops and/or lobster eggs. Even my micro leopard wrasses eat them.

    The leaf wrasse should go onto pellets eventually. Hikari Marine (small size) is the best IMO. Most fish go nuts for them. They should be small enough for a 4cm wrasse, otherwise you can break them up.
     
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    Great, thanks a lot for the info!
     
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