Wrasse ID and info

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  1. Jaco Schoeman

    Jaco Schoeman MASA Contributor

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    Hi Gents

    I picked up these two tiny little pencil wrasse...

    Can anyone give me their scientific name and eating habbits? They are eating on the LR, but they do not take other food yet. I just want to double check their dietery requirements.

    Sorry for the bad photo, but without SLR shutterspeed it is VERY difficult to get a fish to "hold still"

    I can just also mention that the eye of this wrasse is redish / orange and it has a single black dot on the tail fin.

    Thanks!!! :thumbup:

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    Stethojulis strigiventer, they tend to eat everything, but only thrive in a colder water tank.
     
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    Ahem ... Spotfin wrasse ... You answered it yourself ..... I think I have some pics of mine in my old thread ... My oldest inhabitant and very very hardy!
     
  5. Jaco Schoeman

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    Thanks, I googled it, and searched a bit, but now I am thinking it may even rather be a clown wrasse (see image) and not a Ribbon Wrasse nor Pencil Wrasse?

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    Catalog-Angle Fish - Try this link ... Your eyes will pop at how pretty the wrasses are
     
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    Change my vote to Stethojulis interrupta - [​IMG]
     
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  8. Jaco Schoeman

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    Yes Richard, that might be it, however mine has black stripe along the back, then white/silver , and then a black stripe again on the side, and then the white / silver belly. The eye and shape does however match the one you posted though, so maybe mine is still a juvy?
     
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    Yup, very common right down to Mossel bay. The pic is a 8cm sub-adult.
     
  10. magman

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    Jaco, they fine bud, they millions of them up here and they great schooling wrasse, they don't get big like the others, the clowns are the formosa and red gaimard (african coris), if you get a couple they will school together in 3-4s, I think I seen them in shoals of up to about maybe 10, with the babies, very social as a shoal in a big tank. the name I am not sure, may be a two tone wrasse. I think the biggest I seen is maybe 50mm, maybe a bit more.
     
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    two tone wrasse sounds right to me
     
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    I think.......that name rings a bell to me and I think it was for this fish
     
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  13. Jaco Schoeman

    Jaco Schoeman Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks guys. These two are definetly schooling and has much greater personality than most wrasses I know... :thumbup:
     
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