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Old 12-03-2013, 05:44 PM   #1
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Moorish Idol

Anyone have experience with this fish. Tips etc.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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They are considered "expert only" and they don't acclimate to home aquariums very well. Difficult to get to eat, so make sure it is eating at the LFS prior to purchasing.
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They are considered "expert only" and they don't acclimate to home aquariums very well. Difficult to get to eat, so make sure it is eating at the LFS prior to purchasing.
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They tend to waste away over time even when eating. It is usually recommended they have a huge tank with a huge amount of live rock so they can graze continuously and feed naturally. Lots of algae and sponges for a diet as well as meaty foods like clam, scallop, etc
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The Moorish Idol is also commonly known in Hawaii as "Kihikihi" which means "curves," "corners," or "zigzags," and refers to its shape and color pattern. It is the only member of the family Zanclidae, and a very close relative of the Tangs or Surgeonfish. One of the most widespread fish, it can be found throughout the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and all of the tropical Pacific. Wild specimens can attain a length of 7 inches, but 4 inches is more likely in the aquarium. The Moorish Idol tends to be very peaceful. Due to its size, schooling nature, and need for swimming space, it requires a large aquarium of at least 125 gallons. As its beauty is most evident while swimming, giving it adequate room is well rewarded. It is compatible with most fish and larger invertebrates, but should not be kept with any polyps or corals, which it will eat. Small invertebrates may be threatened as well.
The Moorish Idol is a very difficult fish to feed. Live rock with large amounts of algae and sponges on which it can feed will help it acclimate. Then offer a varied diet of finely chopped meaty items, mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, Spirulina, and algae. It should be fed several times a day.
Perhaps the most graceful of all marine fish, for many hobbyists, it is also one of the most difficult fish to keep because it is so difficult to feed. For all but the most expert hobbyist, it is better admired in the ocean or in a public aquarium rather than in a home tank.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:23 PM   #7
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Two articles that give lots of good info. (Sorry, not sure how to link, but google them...

(1) Reconsidering The Moorish Idol on advancedaquarist.com

(2) Moorish Idol Care on Fishchannel.com

There are other sites with info if you search. They all pretty much agree that unless you get a healthy specimen that you have observed at your LFS for weeks, there is a very small chance of survival. Keep that in mind before buying and better yet, but a Henniocus Butterfly...similar in appearance , but much better odds if making it.
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From what I've heard, moorish idols collected around hawaii are a bit hardier
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After seeing a ton of 'em grazing over the reefs in Hawaii and watching them and their actions,..IMHO I wouldn't even consider keeping one let alone in anything smaller other say a 300 gallon tank,....I think as most here have kinda said,..it's prob one of those species that is best left alone in their native waters .
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:48 PM   #10
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Agreed. "Expert-only" plus all the articles out there that talk about how they are nearly impossible to keep alive (even by experts) should scare most people away. Go with a Heniochus Butterfly...same basic look, but "Easy" to care for. ..(although I never have luck with Butterflies ).
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