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Fish Reef Aquarium

Longnose Hawkflsh, Oxycirrhites typus, which associates with gorgonians, generally at depths greater than 100 feet;

Vanderbilt's Chromis, Chromis van-derbilti, schools above coral heads in at least 15 feet of water;

Many Cirrhilabrus wrasses, including Jordan's Fairy Wrasse, C.jordani, which is often found in the same habitat as the Longnose Hawkflsh;

Potters Angelfish, Centropyge potteri, endemic to Hawaii, is most abundant in waters greater than 15 feet, while its cousin, the Flame Angel, C. loriculus, inhabits dense stands of coral at 60+ feet in Hawaii, although it is found in shallow waters elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific, including Christmas Island;

The Bannerfish, Heniochus diphreutes, schools along drop-offs at 40+ feet and is one of the few members of the butter-flyfish family suitable for the reef tank. Many butterflies will decimate the live Zebra Lionfish CDendrochirus zebra): not for tanks with smaller fishes or shrimp coral population of a home aquarium, and some will even consume anemones with relish. The Bannerfish, by contrast, feeds on plankton;

The Purple Firefish, Nemateleotris decora, prefers depths of 90 feet or more.

or two in your local dealer s tank and is exhibiting a healthy appearance and appetite.

Wide -ranging species of aquarium fishes include the following, which may be found in a variety of habitats both

The Regal Tang {Paracanthurus hepatus) is one of the shoreward and seaward of the reef:

few aquarium species that is collected from the turbulent waters of the outer-reef crest, where it lives among branching corals. Unfortunately, the difficulty of collecting in such treacherous waters has resulted in a high proportion of the catch being stunned with cyanide or other poisons. Exercise care in choosing a supplier for this species, and, if possible, do not bring the fish home until it has spent a week

Zebra Lionfish, Dendrochirus zebra Antennata Lionfish, Pterois antennata Radia ta Lionfish, P radiata Volitans Lionfish, P volitans Many Centropyge angelfish

Bicolor Blenny, Ecsenius bicolor Fanged Blenny, Meiacanthus atrodorsalis

Population Dendrochirus Zebra
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