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All About Reef Safe Wrasses in Aquaria

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  1. Shoob1e

    Shoob1e Active Member

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    What would you recommend in a mixed reef, red sea 250 has a yellow tang and a Bartlett anthias with clowns. Just had to take my 6line out as he was killing my cuc and bullying my fish. My thoughts where a mckocters and or flasher.
     

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    Firstly, in a 250 reefer I would recommend removing the tang, as that's too small of tank.

    Also, in that sized tank a Bartlett's will likely be problematic to other peaceful planktivores, such as flasher wrasses. Perhaps a small Halichoeres, such as the yellow Cori's or grey head wrasse.
     
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    Quick question about compatibility based on my current tank mates.

    I may have the opportunity to pick up two wrasses I have been looking for. A nice C. Laboutei, and a Macropharyngondon Choati to add to my tank and wondering if they would fit in with my current tank mates. I read in the "Reef Safe Wrasse Thread", about the Laboutei being peaceful when young, then become much more aggressive with maturity. What concerns if any should I be prepared for or should I forgo this as an option all together?

    I currently have in my tank:
    - Cirrhilabrus Lineatus - Super Male
    - C. Rhomboidalis - female
    - C. Jordani - female
    - C. Isosceles - Supermale
    - Halichoeres Chrysus
    - Halichoeres Melasmapomus
    - Macropharyngondon Ornatus

    Thanks for your insight!
     
  4. eatbreakfast

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    Both should be fine. There are other established fairy wrasses, and a few of them to direct attention.

    The ornatus may or may not be aggressive to the choati. It varies greatly between individuals.

    For both I would still strongly recommend utilizing a social acclimation box to introduce.
     
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    Anyone have a list of non borrowing Reef safe wrasse that I can keep in a bare bottom tank?
     
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    saltyhog Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019

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    If the tank is appropriately sized, any of the fairy or flasher wrasses would be appropriate. If mulitiples are added do some research in the two articles evolved has written.
     
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    Cirrhilabrus, Paracheilinus, Wetmorella, Pseudocheilinops.
     
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    Thanks, when I go to the LFS they don’t have the genus written out like that. Do you know the common hobby names for those? I’ll try looking them up aswell.
     
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    Cirrhilabrus= fairy wrasse
    Paracheilinus= flasher wrasse
    Wetmorella= possum wrasse
    Pseudecheilinops= pink streak wrasse
     
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    Thanks a lot, much appreciated
     
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    this was great read as I am looking into a few wrasses for the new setup. Thanks!
     
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    TJ, I have 3 flashers (mccoskeri, cyaneus, flavianalis) that will complete QT in a couple of weeks. My tentative plan was to add them to the DT and then in a couple of months get an octotaenia. Would that work in a 72x24 tank? Would it be ok to add another flasher to the trio before the eight line for 5 total in the tank?
     
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    Yeah, I think that plan sounds good.
     
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    Once your 3 that are in QT go in; any and all future additions would need to go in an acclimation box....
    And if any of the 3 that you have currently become rambunctious to future additions, it will have to go into the acclimation box for a timeout
     
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    Hey everyone!! I’m looking to get another couple wrasses in my 60 gallon cube reef tank. I currently have a pintail wrasse and am looking at a Labouts fairy wrasse. Anyone think they will mix?
     
  16. eatbreakfast

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    Labouti wrasses get a little too big and active for a 60g.
     
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    Hunter, what are some of the more rare wrasses that are of interest to you? I know you mentioned this in your article. I saw a presentation you did at one of the MACNA events on youtube that seemed very similar to your article here, at least I believe it was you as far as I can remember :).
     
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    That was indeed Hunter on the presentation. Unfortunately, life has been busy for him and he hasn't been on here for awhile.

    I know that Hunter had a C. clairei, C. johnsoni, P. bellae and an Anampses femininus, among others in his "collection".
     
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    @eaybreakfast what do you think about these guys being together ?they will all be from small to medium size Also I will be adding more fairy’s later on.

    1. A. Caeruleopuncatus - bluespotted wrasse.
    2. A. Lineatus- lined tamarin
    3. A. Meleagrides- yellow tail tamarin
    4. C. Africanus- Spike fin fairy
    5. P. Antennuatus- diamond tail(may get two)
    6. M. Bipartitus- x2-bluestar leopard
    7. M. Cyanoguttatus-x2- spotted leopard
     
  20. eatbreakfast

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    What size is the tank again?
    A. caeruleopunctatus gets almost a foot and a half and A. meeagrides gets 9".

    Also diamondtails can be pretty feisty with one another, so unless the tank is 150+g I would only do 1.
     
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