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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Gunnellichthys curiosus
      Max. size: 11.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: Seychelles and Mauritius to the Hawaiian and Society islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 20-21; Dorsal soft rays (total): 40-42; Anal soft rays: 38-40
      Biology: Found over sand or mud bottoms and take refuge in burrows. Solitary or paired. Feeds primarily on benthic and pelagic crustaceans
      Aquarium Care: Requires a very peaceful aquarium. Provide plenty of live rock for hiding, a deep soft sand bed for burrowing, and a refugium. This species is very poorly suited for community aquarium life. They are easily intimidated into not eating. Some say that they are more difficult to keep than Mandarinfishes, Seahorses or their Firefish (Microdesmid) kin. Also, it has been indicated that they are so shy, in fact, if this fish shares the tank with one Wrasse, Damselfish, Clownfish or Tang, it will perish, even without aggression from its tankmates. House in a tank with ultra slow and ultra peaceful tankmates. Feed zooplankton substitutes.
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