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Halichoeres melanurus - Melanurus Wrasse (Male) - Approx. 1.75-2" Specimen

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Halichoeres melanurus - Melanurus Wrasse (Male) Specimen- One of the most attractive of it's genus, the Melanurus Wrasse, ss hardy, adaptable, and peaceful. It feeds mainly on small crustaceans, and will hunt down these animals regularly. It will consume fireworms and pyramidellid snails, off of corals and clams. It will also consume feather dusters, small shrimp, tubeworms, and  is known for eating unwanted flatworms off of corals. It sometimes consumes parasites off of tank mates, so don't be surprised if you see this behavior! This is Unique Corals co-owner Scott Fellman's all-time favorite wrasse! With its specialized  mouth, it is ideally suited for pocking around rubble in search of food items. Ours is net-caught and acclimated to aquarium life. Although generally peaceful and safe with larger invertebrates, like most species in its genus, larger specimens may occasionally pick on smaller fishes.


SIZE: Approx. 1.75"-2"


NOTE: You will be purchasing a fish similar to the one in the photo. Because we spend less time photographing and uploading "stock" items, we pass the savings on to you! If they are on the site, they're always ready to ship! You will be purchasing a fish similar to the one in the photo. Because we spend less time photographing and uploading "stock" items, we pass the savings on to you! If they are on the site, they're always ready to ship! Because fishes need to be "purged" of food before shipping to avoid contaminating their bags, we ship fishes twice weekly- Tuesday and Thursday. All orders with fishes will be shipped on these days.

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Halichoeres melanurus - Melanurus Wrasse (Male) - Approx. 1.75-2" Specimen

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The genus Halichoeres is a large and diverse group of wrasses, the majority of which are well suited for reef aquariums, with a few caveats. Most of the Halichoeres species commonly-encountered in the trade are peaceful, active fishes that readily adapt to captive life. Some species, such as H. chrysus, may be kept in small groups if added to the aquarium at the same time at smaller sizes.

 

Many Halichoeres species are suitable for reef aquariums. Some specimens will eat small ornamental shrimp, tubeworms, or other small crustaceans. Categorically, these fishes have little interest in eating corals. Some species occasionally pick parasites from tankmates. These fishes will often bury themselves in the sand bed at night, emerging again when the lights are on over the aquarium, so a sand bed is beneficial to their care.

 

These fishes are typically hardy, and are quite resistant to parasites in the aquarium. They feed quite easily, and should be offered a variety of frozen foods, such as mysis, finely chopped seafoods, etc. If acclimated carefully, and provided with an aquarium that suits their needs, these fishes are very long-lived.

 

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