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Pinstripe Wrasse
Halichoeres melanurus
Pinstripe Wrasse
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The Pinstripe Wrasse is also commonly known as Dusky-tail rainbow fish, Hoeven?s wrasse, melanurus wrasse, neon wrasse, orange-tipped rainbowfish, pinstripe wrasse, tailspot wrasse, yellow-lined wrasse. It has a body of blue-green color with pink or yellow stripes running horizontally across its sides. It is very hardy and is resistant to diseases and that makes it a very good choice for a beginner aquarists. It loves to burrow inside the sand to sleep and to escape perceived danger, therefore a thick sand bed is required to be present in the tank. It is also advised to keep the Pinstripe Wrasse in a closed aquarium, as it intends to jump out and cause unnecessary accidents. Adult Pinstripe Wrasse coloration shows more vivid color than the juveniles. It is a peaceful but is problematic for a reef set up. The Pinstripe Wrasse looks lovely and interesting to see them moving over and around the rocks with an inquisitive mood. A variety of food should be given to the Pinstripe Wrasse like large chunks of meaty foods, krill, raw table shrimp, squid, slam and mussel, for its continued good health. The Pinstripe Wrasse should be kept in a tank not less than 20 gallon, and can feed on fireworms, pyramidellid snails, and other corals. Therefore should not be kept in a tank along with these aforementioned organisms.
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The body of this fish is blue-green in color and has pink or yellow stripes running horizontally across its sides. The color of the juvenile is more muted.This fish will grow to 5 inches.It will eat fireworms and pyramidellid snails, protecting corals and clams. In addition, it may eat feather dusters,shrimp, tubeworms, and flatworms. When first introduced to its new home, offer live feeder shrimp to encourage acclimation and a strong appetite. Offer krill, squid and chunks of fish.Provide rockwork and a sandy bottom for this fish to feel "at home".This fish may jump, cover the aquarium.
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