My leaf wrasse

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  1. Tim S

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    I caught this guy in the Transkei. Then, he (or she) was less than a centimetre long with that amazing 'swimming' action distinctive to the leaf wrasse. He is almost 2 years old now and looking absolutely stunning. So I thought I'd post a few pics (as we do love p[​IMG]ics). [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Juso Tim he's changed alot since I last visited. looking awesome again great catch boet. :thumbup:
     
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    Stunning fish, those guys are lime green as juveniles aren't they?
     
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    Green, cream and cream and brown speckles are the 3 colour variants I've seen.
     
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    beautiful fish! but something is eating it tail lol
     
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    This one was cammo brown in colour as a juvinile. I've heard you get them in green as well. I think the tail bites are from the stawbery dotty back who's a bit protective of his area.
     
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    is it reef safe?
     
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    Yes, they do get very big though, that could be a problem in the future
     
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    like how big? :whistling:
     
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    In terms of size, he's about 6 cm's and about 2 years old. This might be an indication that he is not going to get much bigger. He's not a big eater either and for the first year only lived on algae and then started taking to frozen and flake food. This could be a reason for his slow growth rate.
     
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    I think in the wild they get to 40+cm (will have to check my Burgess Atlas).
    When diving, Ive seen them 30+cm.

    But as Tim says, in a tank , they should stay small for quite a while
     
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    are they normally available at the pet shops? :)
     
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