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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
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      Paracheilinus bellae
      Max. size: 6.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 18 - 31 m
      Gazetteer Western Central Pacific: Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. Replaced by Paracheilinus filamentosus from the Philippines.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9. Females and juveniles lack the elongate dorsal and caudal fin lobes and electric colors of the males. Tubed peduncular scales 5-6; no distinct stripes on body.
      Biology: Found among dense algal beds of deep lagoons.
      Aquarium Care: Has a temperature range of 72 - 83°F (22 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of zooplankton. Requires a meaty diet consisting of finely chopped enriched fish or shrimp flesh, mysis, and enriched brine shrimp with two to three feedings per day. Should not be kept with more aggressive fishes, e.g., dottybacks and some damsels. They usually make good reef aquarium inhabitants if supplied with ample crevices and caves. Rarely seen in the trade.
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