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All About Reef Safe Wrasses in Aquaria

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  1. eatbreakfast

    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018

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    For social dynamics, three fairy/flasher wrasses do better than just two.

    Ryukyuensis get big for fairy wrasses, so an exquisitus will be bigger and sturdier than an isosceles, though either should be fine.

    Isosceles reach a little over 4".
     
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    Great info.! I didn’t realize 3 is better than two, though I guess it allows for a more spread and defined hierarchy. The Claudia wouldn’t really fit into that, correct? If not, I guess it might be best to go with the exquisitius and the isosceles. Thoughts?
     
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    Correct, the claudia won't factor too much in the fairy dynamics.
     
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    Someone should've warned that buying a wrasse can give you an ulcer. :)

    Purchased an Exquisite Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus exquisitus) from Diver's Den. Followed all the instructions provided. Opened the bag and wrasse is on his side and not moving. Feeling shattered. Gently touch the wrasse and starts moving around!

    He's been in the tank for two days now. Movement is so beautiful. Hides when I approach the tank. From a distance, he's moving around.
     
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    Quick question, if all goes well, I'll be releasing my H. Melanurus next week. Assuming just a couple days in my acclimation box, do I need to put a sand container in that? I have a small, round container that is maybe 2" in diameter that would fit in the box, but 2" is slightly shorter than the fish (fish probably > 2" but < 3"). In other words, if the fish was perfectly level and straight, it would touch the sides of the container.
     
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    No, the melanurus will be fine for a day or two without sand. Just provide some cover, such as pvc fittings.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Question: Will a female fairy wrasse change to a male without the presence of other fairy wrasses in the tank? If so, how long does the process take?

    FWIW - I have two male flasher wrasses in the tank + 1 male richmond's wrasse.
     
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    Female fairy wrasses almost always transition to male regardless of whether a male is present or not. It can be as quick as a few weeks or it can take over a year.
     
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    Good read
     
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