Wrasse ID needed

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  1. Keanan

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    Anyone know what this wrasse is and if its reef safe? And anyone with experience keeping them? LFS has it listed as striped wrasse.

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    Thanks.
     
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    Looks like a Hoeven's wrasse also known as Pinstriped wrasse, Tail spot wrasse and Orange tipped rainbowfish
     
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    Peaceful. Will eat fireworms, pyramidellid snails, wild shrimp, flatworms, tubeworms, brineshrimp, flaked food etc.
     
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    Do you know the source? There are a few Halichoeres with juveniles that are almost identical. If it's from Kenya or Sri Lanka then it's probably Halichoeres cosmetus. If it's from Indonesia then it's probably Halichoeres melanurus.

    Both species look fantastic as adults and they're great fish. Very peaceful, even with much smaller wrasses. May hide for a few days after you introduce it. Make sure you have at least a few cm of sand in the display because they bury themselves at night.
     
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    Almost looks like a washed out Lennardi !
     
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    @Hails I was thinking that but there are another 2 that looks very similar as well.

    @Lord_Blackadder, Im not sure where it came from but will give them a call and find out now.

    Are they safe to keep with shrimps? Im wanting too keep this guy with some gobies and a pair of harlequin shrimps and a porcelain crab.
     
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    I just got a call from the LFS and he says he got it in as Halichoeres cosmetus.
     
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    Well one of em is wrong. H. cosmetus is only found in East Africa. ;)

    They're usually ok with Lysmata shrimps. Not too sure about harlequin shrimps, never kept them before. As long as the shrimp isn't bite sized I'm sure they'd be fine though.
     
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    Coo thanks, I'm two minded to get him. Anyone with experience keeping them in a reef?
     
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    Go for it. I've had a Halichoeres marginatus (closely related) in my reef for years now. Caught it at 2.5cm and it's now over 12cm. Never even looked at another fish, doesn't flip rocks like some other wrasses and it's very showy.
     
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    It's possible, though the juveniles change colour quite a bit with size so it's not that reliable for ID. As I said before, there are a lot of closely related Halichoeres with nearly identical juveniles. Care is the same for all of them.
     
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