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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Arothron nigropunctatus
      Max. size: 33.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range 3 - 25 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Micronesia and Samoa, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales. Replaced by Arothron diadematus in the Red Sea.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 10-12. Body covered with prickles and with large black spots.
      Biology: Inhabits coral reefs. Feeds on corals (usually Acropora tips), crustaceans, mollusks, sponges, tunicates and algae. Generally common
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 to 82°F (22 - 28°C) and feeds upon live corals, usually Acropora. Requires an enriched meaty diet, e.g., brine shrimp, earthworms, tubifex, worms, chunky fish and shrimp flesh. Not safe with tubeworms and/or, can become fin-nippers. Require numerous daily feedings (at least three per day) and plenty of swimming space. May need to be dewormed and have their teeth filed to prevent overgrowth, which will inhibit their ability to eat. More than one and other members of the family can be maintained in the same aquarium. Poisonous to eat.
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  1.   Sat May 6, 2006 4:06pm Rating: 10.00 
    1. fishybuis
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      Registered: May 2006
      Location: tauranga,new zealand

      this is one fish that thinks it's a dog.Had mine 6 months. He's growing real fast.But in the name of water quality, I feed mine every other day, and he don't seem to mind. Very cool, but can be very destructive.
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