Anyone with Melanurus and Grey Head Wrasse Experience?

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I am ready to try adding a couple of wrasses to my FOWLR (Peaceful tank) and eventually, LPS/Softy 75 gal.
I want either a Male Melanurus or Grey Head and was wondering if anyone has had both and if so, which they preferred. I understand I take the risk of them eating my Zebra Hermits, Nassarius and Turbo Snails, to which I guess I would transition to Urchis for CUC ‍♂️.
If the wrasse addition goes smoothly, I would then like to choose between a Ruby Head, Pink Margin Fairy or Orange Back for a second.
Any input/advice from seasoned Wrasse lovers?
 
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I can tell you my ruby head fairy was a bully to a flasher wrasse, ultimately chasing it out of the tank. It eventually also jumped; so a lid is highly recommended. Orange back and ruby head are of the same genus and are semi-aggressive towards other wrasse.
 

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I’ve had both H. melanurus and H. leucurus. They‘re both similar in behavior. I currently have a mel but I wouldn’t hesitate to get a grey head again if I could find one.

Either wrasse would be fine with any of those fairy wrasses you listed, but as Triggerfinger mentioned not all of those fairies will get along with each other.
 
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I’ve had both H. melanurus and H. leucurus. They‘re both similar in behavior. I currently have a mel but I wouldn’t hesitate to get a grey head again if I could find one.

Either wrasse would be fine with any of those fairy wrasses you listed, but as Triggerfinger mentioned not all of those fairies will get along with each other.
Yeah, I would choose 1 of the fairies to go with either the Melanurus or Grey Head. Thanks for the advice!
 
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I’ve had both H. melanurus and H. leucurus. They‘re both similar in behavior. I currently have a mel but I wouldn’t hesitate to get a grey head again if I could find one.

Either wrasse would be fine with any of those fairy wrasses you listed, but as Triggerfinger mentioned not all of those fairies will get along with each other.
Any idea why the Grey Head is considered “Moderate Care” Level vs an “Easy Care” level of the Melanurus? Is it a more finicky eater? Have you found one to be more colorful or active than the other?
 
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I love my melanurus. He is about 5 inches but the nicest wrasse i have ever kept. Him and my bristletooth tang are best buddies and act like a bonded pair of clowns just always hanging out together. Even sleep together in a rock cave(there is sand for him he prefers the rock for some reason)
 

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Any idea why the Grey Head is considered “Moderate Care” Level vs an “Easy Care” level of the Melanurus? Is it a more finicky eater? Have you found one to be more colorful or active than the other?
My grey head was very active he cruised around the tank all day inspecting my corals and rock work for pods. He ate prepared foods with no problem. He also ate hermit crabs and snails. IMO the melanurus is more colorful than the grey head.
 
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