Wrasse id

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  1. lindsay pollard

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    lindsay pollard

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    Hey guys i baught this wrasse yesterday from a lfs in Knysna,they say its a moon wrasse (thalassoma lunare)but im not sure,can anyone confirm for me thanx
     
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    looks like a type of fairy wrasse to me, one of the cirrhilabrus species.
     
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    Just googled moon wrasse it does look similar, hopefully someone else will have a better idea.
     
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    thanx wee man just googled it as well looks close but still not sure
     
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    On google the tail on the moon wrasse looked yellow, in the picture you posted it isn't - is it a juvenile or perhaps the pic doesn't show the tail so well?
     
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    Looks very similar to the Lyretail (Lunare/Moon) Wrasse - Thalassoma Lunare.

    Edit: yea im right it is, heres a link for u Moon wrasse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Some Additional Info;

    Fish Statistics

    Minimum Tank Size: 300 litres
    Diet: Carnivore
    Origin: Coral Sea, Fiji, Maldives
    Temp (C): 22-27 C
    Max Size: 30cm
    Family: Labridae
    Reef Compatible: No
    Temperament: Aggressive
    pH: 8.1 - 8.4
    Salinity:1.020-1.025
    Care Level: Moderate

    Link http://www.tropicalfish4u.co.uk/Fish/SaltwaterAndMarineFish/Wrasse_fishonly/Lyretail_Wrasse
     
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    Cresent tail wrasse/ Lunar wrasse
    This fish is a nightmare dude. I got mines in my sump as he chows up my inverts. Locally caught guy.And they grow extremley large!
     
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    Thanks Storm, we posted together.
     
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    Yea np Mekaeel great minds think alike =]. Apparently these arent Reef Safe and will eat anything it can fit into its mouth. This includes Fish and Inverts.
     
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    lol yip they feed on inverts!
     
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    shot storm and mekaeel now im worried only reason i baught him was the lfs looks very dodgy and he was in a small holding tank which looked terrible,looked like the fish would have died in a day or two so i came to the rescue,ill keep a close eye on him but for now he looks very happy
     
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    What's he's current length Lindsay?
     
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    yip lunar wrasse;)
     
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    Lindsay: I sympathize with you and i've often been to LFS's where I felt the urge to rescue fish. I mean the one shop had a REMORA in a small display tank it was literally the length of the tank! JUST CRUEL!

    However if we continue to purchase and "rescue" animals from these shops, we are keeping them in business... We must stop supporting these people
     
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    sure thing matt i agree but damn my heart is to soft,mek he is about 3 inches long and ive been watching him and so far he"s behaving nicely so sure im going to give him the benafit of the doubt.Ive done alot of resurch on this wrasse and all sounds BAD to keep him,but lets see ;)
     
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    Nolt trying to put you in the bush here. But some years back i had one that was about 12-15cm long and gave me a bite as i was re doing my aqua scaping,i hopped and cut my forearm on the bracing of my tank...Just becareful ;)
     

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