Animal Stories - Wrasses

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Anonymous - 2012-02-10
I like these fishes

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Lachlan - 2008-10-24
I purchased a six-line wrasse (medium size), and added it to my 130L tank which also had a mated pair of coral banded shrimp. The shrimp seemed a little uneasy with its presence, and would often fend it off. I was hoping it would pass, but later that night as I was watching one of the shrimp began to moult. The wrasse took advantage of the situation and ripped off one of its claws. I currently have the wrasse in isolation and will probably return it to the aquarium store tomorrow. Which is a shame as it is a beautiful fish to watch.

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  • Scott - 2010-03-14
    I recently added a six line wrasse to a tank that also has a coral banded shrimp, yellow goby, and 3 peppermint shrimp. The tank now only has one peppermint shrimp. Not sure if it is the wrasse or the coral banded having a feast on the peppermint shrimp - but be cautious.
Tony - 2009-11-20
Not to be kept with abalone. It will nip on the abalone. It is safe with corals and a great fish to keep to keep certain pest in control.

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allison - 2012-07-06
My sister has a cleaner wrasse in her tank for years now. I usually study up on fish that I plan to purchase but didn't this one and purchased one today. I thought is was dead because it was curled up in a shell. It wasn't dead but I wish the seller had told me they don't usually survive. They never said a word about it. My levals are great and I have I hope plenty of fish for it to clean. Ill say a prayer for my new fish as I always do when adding a new fish to my aquarium.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-07
    Sounds like you know what you are doing.  I am sure he will do well.  The issue is usually the fishh keeper not giving proper care.
Abby L. Schwarz, Ph.D. - 2004-11-24
I am a marine biologist specializing in animal behaviour and ecology, and have worked with fishes over the last twenty years. I do not believe that fishes like cleaner wrasses should be offered for sale. They belong in the ocean where they perform an unusual service for other fishes (removal of ectoparasites). Most people do not have the facilities to maintain these animals. If the aquarium surroundings cannot match its surroundings in the wild to a satisfactory degree (for the fish), choose another species whose requirements are simpler to meet.

Thank you.

Abby L. Schwarz, Ph.D.

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  • Joe Bryan - 2012-06-09
    For every comment I hear and see about these fish, be it from a “PHD” or layman, the answer does lie in the education of the consumer, but please don’t rag on the “newbie’s” or the consumer that purchases a cleaner wrasse, rag on the industry selling these beautiful fish. Yeah I have one too and if I had done my homework I would have elected not to purchase, but as stated by many on this form he/she is doing just fine and has outlive the PHD’s stated life expectancy by far. Funny thing is, months after I had bought it I asked the owner of the LFS (he didn’t sell it to me, his help did) about the survivability of these beautiful fish and he even said it wouldn’t survive, what the heck, so why are you selling em? So the point, get the trade to stop selling these fish for “profit”…
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Alexandria - 2010-03-20
I have had both, and the picture shows a bluehead, not a lunar wrasse

Steve\'o - 2010-12-06
Have read your article on blue head wrasse, I have a question the past
week I have noticed my wrasses head area has faded from blue to very pale
with slight markings on head could you tell me is this some bacterial infection
or is this some other disease? There are no other markings on body fins all
look good fish still active and eating. Could this also be a form of lateral head disease? If so what is best treatment? Thanks for any help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-05-08
    Wrasses can be quite variable in color. Males can be so deeply blue on the head that they almost look black, all the way to a pale gray. These wrasses will actually change color if there is more than one in the tank... with the less dominant fish turning female, and female coloration. But of course, do keep an eye on it and make sure your fish is eating and acting normally, and doesn't show any other sign of illness. As long as color is the only change you see, it is probably fine.
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John Bunton - 2012-04-05
I have four of these in a 90 gallon tank and they can be tough to acclimate for sure. I would highly suggest having every single possible food type on hand before they arrive. Start with freeze dried mysis, brine, bloodworm, whatever else soaked in Selcon or the like. If they don't take this move to frozen mysis, brine, bloodworm, or whatever else you can think of. Use the freeze dried first since you can reconstitute it with the Selcon and get more nutrients to your fish, this is much harder with frozen food. The best way that I have found to get these guys to take pellet or flake is to mix the flake or pellet with whatever else they are taking first. After you have done this for a week or two space out your feedings a little bit. Don't starve them but make them hungry and feed only the flake for a day or two. Don't feed the flake too long by itself if they are not eating. Patience is the key with these fish, don't push them too hard and don't underestimate them. I had one stay under the sand for 3.5 weeks before she finally came out during daylight hours.

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nick - 2011-12-14
I have a wrasse that I have been trying to figure out what species he is. He is most similar looking to the moon wrasse described here except his redish green coloration extends all the way down his rounded tail. He is also about 4-5 inches long. Either way he has been extremely peacefull, hardy and I've had him for quite some time. My only gripe about him is when I feed my corals he is very smart and likes to eat the food out of them. He will eat so much that his belly will get big and round lol. I keep him with a leapard wrasse, percula, bangai cardinal, longspine urchin, regal tang, yellow tang, bicolor blenny, fire shrimp hermit crabs and various snails. I've never seen him pester any of the other fish and my tank doesn't have anyone that does really.

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  • nick - 2011-12-21
    So I figured out he is most likely an ornate wrasse. I found a book with a picture just like him and that's what they called it!!
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Cinamen - 2008-09-29

I am very interested in this wrasse. I cannot find this one for under $160. Can you help me find it at a lower price?

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