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      Blacktail Wrasse
      Blacktail Wrasse

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Thalassoma ballieui
      Max. size: 39.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine
      Gazetteer Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Island.
      Biology: Inhabits clear lagoon and seaward reefs. Feeds on benthic invertebrates and small fishes
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 75 - 83°F (23 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrate. 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. Sometimes bury themselves if frightened. Usually, they sleep under rock shelves, on or under a coral branch, in a crevice, or directly on the sand surface, however, providing a deep sandbed of about 5 inches (12.5 cm) of fine-grained sand would be a good idea. They are highly active swimmers and need plenty of swimming space. They eat snails, worms, sea stars, urchins, and clams. Rarely seen in the trade.
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