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Old 12/13/2007, 01:52 PM
philter4 philter4 is offline
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They are hawaiian endemics, I've seen lots of them, but they are really shy. That is the main reason I don't have two prs, I couldn't catch the female of the second pr. Mine eat all sorts of frozen foods and the pr in my reef also have a steady supply of sm live foods available. The single male is in my fish tank and he holds his own fine. They are parasite pickers like the bluestripe but they get 7 or 8 inches. I've never seen mine do this, but all books say they do. The scientific name is Doryrhamphus baldwini. They live in the same habitat as bluestripe, but usually deeper and they get much bigger, in my reef I also have a pr of bluestripes that I collected last oct. I've had them for more then a year. They must be common in the correct habitat because every dive I've looked for them I have seen them, the bluestripes I've only seen a few times. My pair breeds every 6-8 weeks, and the fry hatch, every once in a while I find a larger juv swimming around, but I don't have the space to seperate or raise the fry, maybe in the future.