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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Halichoeres radiatus
      Max. size: 51.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; brackish; marine ; depth range 2 - 55 m
      Gazetteer Western Atlantic: Bermuda and North Carolina, USA to the Gulf of Mexico and oceanic islands of Brazil. Throughout the West Indies.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 12. Two pairs of enlarged canines in lower jaw; anterior lateral line scales with 3 or more pores per scale; body depth 2.7-3.6 in SL; distinctive 4 or 5 narrow pale bars along the dorsum, more evident in specimens up to 20 cm SL; yellow margin on caudal fin
      Biology: Adults found on shallow patch or seaward reefs down to 55 m; juveniles and subadults in shallower (1 to 5 m) coral reefs . Feeds on mollusks, sea urchins, crustaceans, and brittle stars
      Aquarium Care:a temperature range of 72 - 79°F (22 - 26°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrate. Requires a meaty diet, including finely chopped fish or shrimp flesh, fortified brine shrimp, mysis, black worms and other meaty type frozen foods with two or three feedings per day. These burrowing wrasses are hardy, adapt well to aquarium life, peaceful, take a wide variety of foodstuffs, resistant to parasitic infections and compatible with other wrasses. May have an appetite for tubeworms. Provide a fine-grained substrate of at least 5 inches (12.5 cm) in depth.
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  1.   Mon December 25, 2006 4:03am
    1. ricardo bisdiki
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      Registered: February 2006
      Location: caracas venezuela
      Posts: 5

      tell me about the growth rate, I had been trying to catch them to put it in my tank and is very hard. Have you catch them or buy them. all i have in my tank is caribean an self catch, lot of diferent gorgonians, 3 kinds of anemonas but few fishes succeded without ich, wrasses i have only one. Any recommendation will be very preciated.
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