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Old 10/25/2007, 10:41 PM   #1
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The Harlequin Bass

I see this fish (Serranus tigrinus) listed as getting either 4" (LiveAquaria, other small profile sites) or just under a foot (fishbase, bluezooaquatics, and WWM).

Does anyone keep this fish or seen one in captivity get above 4"?


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Old 10/27/2007, 12:16 PM   #2
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I have one and they grow to 4 inches in captivity.


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Old 10/27/2007, 08:17 PM   #3
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I have a friend who tried them many times. All ended up carpet surfing.


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Old 10/28/2007, 06:48 AM   #4
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picked one up at MACNA. so far so good. really fat, and pretty much just stays near the bottom. egg crate top on the tank


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Old 10/28/2007, 08:48 AM   #5
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How aggresive is towards you other fish and are current fish dossile or dominant?


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Old 10/28/2007, 04:00 PM   #6
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so far he doesn't seem to bother anything. fish or hermits, but later on it may eat the smaller gobies.


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Old 10/28/2007, 04:06 PM   #7
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Few months ago I got one and are very hardy, they are like dwarf groupers almost the same behavior. Mine was 3'' but I have see thems 7''.


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Old 10/28/2007, 05:47 PM   #8
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Ah so they -can- get big :}. Do you know if they were caught at 7" or grew to that size in captivity? I think they're a really cool fish, and a bigger one would only be that much more awesome.


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Old 10/28/2007, 06:35 PM   #9
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Was caught at 7", but Im sure if you feed him very well will grow fast because they eat almost everythng.


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Old 10/29/2007, 05:44 AM   #10
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mine is just under 2 inches now, and i hope it stays small or it will have to go.


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Old 10/29/2007, 08:34 AM   #11
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I have him with a occelaris clownfish, longnose hawk, flame angel and a yellow tang. He does not go after my nassarius snails. He is very peaceful towards other fish. I never seem him get into one fight. He even let's my juvenile flame angel clean him. The harlequin bass is a drawf bass. I bought mine at 3-4 inches and 8 months later he hasn't grown much. If you buy them small they will not grow large in captivity. They need lots of caves and live rock to be happy.


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Old 10/29/2007, 11:14 AM   #12
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They do not eat hermits or snails but their main diet are shrimps and very small fish when they are big.


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Old 10/29/2007, 05:56 PM   #13
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It's weird a fish like this wouldn't get full size in captivity... It's not like it's a huge active swimmer where stunting would more likely happen. How odd. Thanks for the info guys.


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