Please ID

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by lIghty, 19 Jan 2008.

  1. lIghty

    lIghty

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    Hi friends,

    1. Found this fellow on the natal north coast, in a rock pool, it's about 1.5cm long, could you please ID and advise any info. (sorry for the bad pic)

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    PS. he has got a clear tail that can't see in this pic.



    2. Also found 2 shrimps, they are only about 1.5cm long and are clear with slight red dots/marks on their tails. (sorry couldn't get pic)

    Are these reef safe and happy with other fish?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Mike

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    Some kind of butterfly i think.
     
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    lIghty

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    I also thought so.

    Any others out there? Please help.
     
  5. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    That is an Auriga butterflyfish

    The Auriga Butterflyfish, also known as the Threadfin Butterflyfish, is one of the more popular and readily available butterflyfish. Generally a hardy species, in the wild it is found on inner and outer reef slopes. As with many fish, the Threadfin Butterfly's color and markings can vary with the region of origin. Red Sea specimens tend to lose the eyespot (false eye to confuse predators) on the dorsal fin. The Auriga Butterflyfish is quite shy and should be provided multiple hiding places. It is safe to keep it in a live rock-only tank, although it will pick at the rock.
    The Auriga Butterflyfish diet primarily consists of coral polyps, crustaceans, and algae in the wild. In an aquarium, frozen and freeze-dried diets containing algae are good substitutes and can be supplemented with asparagus, broccoli, and some dried algae.

    [FONT=arial, helvetica]A great beauty and hardy aquarium specimen, though it will eat coral polyps and anemones. With age, grows a trailing filament from the posterior dorsal fin. To eight inches long. Feeds principally on sessile invertebraes, including cnidarians and algae. Threadfin Butterflyfish; so named for a trailing filament that grows from the posterior dorsal fin. Some folks use this hardy species to rid their systems of pest anemones of the genus Aiptasia, and is known to consume most Large Polyp Stony coral polyps, Feather Dusters and Fanworms as food. [/FONT]
     
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    Threadfin breeing season for them there will be lots out there now beware of to small speciments as they sometimes die faster because they can be tricky to feed when to small if you have alot of alge in your tank it should be fine though they eat corals and love them so not for reef tank fish only tank
     
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    lIghty

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    Thanks Guys,

    any idea about the shrimps?
     
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    Pitchers would 'elp;)
     
  9. calvin

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    just a word of warning most butterflys dont do well in aquaria as juveniles ! they only thrive when introduced over 4cm in length
     
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    agrewith calvin to meany people catch these very small ones and they just die
     
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    Although very similar when juvenile, I’m afraid that’s not a Threadfin, but rather its a juvenile Vagabond Butterflyfish. ;)
     
  12. nakoma

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    i think your correct on that one they look very simular when small but the black stripe is a give away same thing applies though that calvin said it is a bit to small
     
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    lIghty

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    Hi guys,

    Managed to get a pic of the shrimp, I know it's not the best, but all I could get.

    Any ideas


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    Thanks
     
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    lIghty

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    Anyone that can help with this shrimp????

    Safe to keep?

    PLEEEEASE
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Sorry, I have no idea what it is.
     
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    Hi lighty - I am sure that this type of shrimp should be quite safe in your tank, as they are another type of cleaner shrimp.... (note the tiny tiny pinchers).... It might be the "Sand shrimp" (Palaemon Peringueyi) (Two Oceans guide to Marine Life around SA)....
    "Scavenges fragments of dead animals"...... so.... it would / should be a great addition to any clean-up crew you might have.....
     
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    Agree with Mille there, Does look like a vagabond. The threadfins and the vagabonds do look similar though. Have a couple of those shrimp in my tank not sure what they are.
     
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    that shrimp looks like a bent back shrimp also find them in rivers
     
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