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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
      Posts: 7,855
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      Scientific Name:Siganus virgatus
      Max. size: 30.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; brackish; marine
      Distribution: Indo-West Pacific: southern India, Sri Lanka, Andaman Islands, Thailand, southern and eastern coasts of China, Taiwan, Ryukyu, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Northern Territory in Australia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 13; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10; Anal spines: 7; Anal soft rays: 9; Vertebrae: 13. A brown band running diagonally from nape to chin; another from 4th-5th dorsal spine base to pectoral fin base; ocular and shoulder bands spotted with blue; a zone of silvery yellow posterior and adjacent to the shoulder band. Preopercular angle 100°-111°; cheek scalation variable from few to almost fully scaled; midline of thorax fully scaled, sometimes with a row missing from pelvic ridges. A prominent rim or short tube encircle the anterior nostril, with a little peak on it posteriorly. Spines stout, fairly pungent and venomous.
      Biology: Inhabits shallow coastal waters, around hard coral reefs and areas of sand with patches of rock and soft coral. Tolerant of murky waters and is reported to enter freshwater. Larger juveniles and adults occur in pairs. Feeds on benthic seaweeds
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 82°F (24 - 28°C) and feeds upon algae and some benthic invertebrate. Even though an omnivore, they are excellent herbivores and require a large amount of vegetable matter in their diet. In fact, they are one of the better hair alga consumers. Requires a varied diet made up of mostly vegetable matter, especially some Spirulina flake and some nori (dried seaweed/kelp). Should receive at least several feedings per day. They are easy to feed, none aggressive, and resistant to poor water quality. Keep in mind they have venomous dorsal and anal fins, similar to lionfish, and care must be taken in their handling. Not safe with some soft corals, such as Xenia.
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  1.   Sat June 17, 2006 10:38pm Rating: 10.00 
    1. The Apprentice

      Registered: April 2004
      Location: Umatilla,OR
      Posts: 1,238

      I have had one of these guys for 2 years was 2" when I got him/ her ???
      It has grown to 9" in My 150 gallon Tank And it is the Gentel Giant. No problems with any soft,hard Including sps..

      150 gallon reef all-glass, oceanic sump
      75 gallon SPS Clam all-glass, oceanic sump,CPR hang on Refugeum
      PFO light sets
      325 lbs live rock.AquaC skimmers,
      Mag drive pumps
      Clams,lots of fish,SPS,LPS, softies,Zoos,
      Lots of Pistol shrimps some mated pairs!
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