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Old 10/17/2007, 07:56 PM
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Pics of new Pencil Wrasse

Hello all!!

Thought I would share some pics of the most recent addition. Forgive the pics as he is Fast.....

Thanks for looking!





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Old 10/17/2007, 08:24 PM
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Nice fish mate!
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Old 10/17/2007, 08:36 PM
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nice fish
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Old 10/17/2007, 09:11 PM
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They jump. Forewarned is forearmed. Gorgeous!
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Old 10/17/2007, 09:13 PM
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Thanks for the comments. Definetly a jumper. I covered the open back of the canopy with eggcrate. I think we are all good!!
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Old 10/17/2007, 09:32 PM
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hes a beauty!
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Old 10/18/2007, 09:29 AM
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Egg crate is not really effective for most smallish jumpers.
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Old 10/18/2007, 11:15 AM
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Beautiful fish!
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Old 10/18/2007, 04:18 PM
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Great looking wrasse! Do you happen to know its scientific name?
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Old 10/18/2007, 04:24 PM
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Very nice!!! I've never seen one of those before.
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Old 10/18/2007, 10:13 PM
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Blue pencil wrasse from Hawaii - Pseudojuloides cerasinus. Very fragile but seem to do better then the other pencil wrasses. I see yours has a busted lip (this is VERY common on these guys) hopefully he is eating and it heals or he probably wont make it.

nice male though
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Old 10/18/2007, 11:15 PM
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Blue pencil wrasse from Hawaii - Pseudojuloides cerasinus. Very fragile but seem to do better then the other pencil wrasses. I see yours has a busted lip (this is VERY common on these guys) hopefully he is eating and it heals or he probably wont make it.

nice male though
Good info about the lip. It Certainly looks better each day. Any idea why it is a common issue with this fish? He is very active and alert and fat.

Thank you for the nice comments all.
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Old 10/19/2007, 12:09 AM
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Good info about the lip. It Certainly looks better each day. Any idea why it is a common issue with this fish? He is very active and alert and fat.
If the fish typically dives into the sand bed when stressed or scared like Macropharyngodon or Halichoeres, then he may have injured his beak during shipment or simply from the ride from the lfs to your tank by constantly trying to dive and hitting the bottom of the shipment bag. I have a potters wrasse that came in with a very damaged beak. So damaged in fact you can see his two upper front teeth. It doesn't seem to bother him though as he eats like a pig and I've had him for over a year now. The full beak never did grow back.

As long as he's eating well you should be ok. Keep an eye out for signs of infection over the next week or so.
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Old 10/19/2007, 02:22 AM
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It is very unusual for sand burying fish to do lip damage during transit. It is mainly do to being held in a BB system and they are relentless at trying to bury. To stop this (since i dont have sand in my holding system) i cup them with small holes. Usually the mouth damage isn't as bad or at all.

It is very common on all sand burying fish at the wholesale level. Hopefully the damage isn't to bad when the hobbiest gets it.

Is it eating?? and most importantly do you have a fine sand bed?

they dont have beaks - just lips
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Old 10/19/2007, 08:18 AM
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I had one that never ate. They are nice fish but from my research difficult to get eating. Mine slowly withered away.

Good luck with it.
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Old 10/19/2007, 10:18 PM
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it is tricky to get them to eat. Pencil wrasses IME/O are worse then leopards and tamarins at the shipping level and at the acclimation level. Lots of pods, lots of life and cross your fingers if you get some of these. If this guys eats and does well i suggest adding a pink pencil (female color form) to keep his colors and keep him happy
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Old 10/19/2007, 11:32 PM
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I had one for a few months...but slowly withered away. It was eating everything too...Spectrum and mysis...Good luck with it...
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Old 10/20/2007, 12:37 AM
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Thank you for all the great info on this fish!! Good news is, it appears the mouth is certainly getting better. Bad news is, I do run a barebottom tank. Concerning the eating part, he does pick at mini mysis, but he is not real excited about it. I do see him cruising the rocks and pecking at pods I presume. I do no thave any other obligate pod feeders, so, hopefully he can get some initial nutrition there while mouth completely heals.

Will stay on selcon in the food and so forth.
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Old 10/20/2007, 08:41 AM
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I've had one for about 6 months. It has been eating good the whole time.

I've been working alot of overtime lately this morning is the first time to see the tank in a week with lights on. I noticed that the Wrasse is beginning to loose it's coloration. Probably doesn't help that feeding has been sporadic during the last month because of my work schedule.
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Old 10/20/2007, 10:00 AM
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Yeah, they’re pretty finiky. They like to stay on a strict lighting and feeding schedule. They’re just as hard as the more advanced pseudo-anthias, needing multiple feedings a day because they are so active. I’ve been pretty lucky with mine however he is a dawn and dusk swimmer so I don’t see it much. Feeding includes Cyclop-eeze, PE mysis, Hikari frozen spirulina brine shrimp
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Old 10/20/2007, 08:55 PM
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if you have a BB tank there is no way he will live long term. I suggest adding some sort of box of sand hidden somewhere. He will be much happier if he has a place to sleep at night
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