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Saw a really cool China wrasse At my LFS and was wondering if he would make a good addition to my 120 gallon reef. Can’t seem to find any info on them saying they aren’t reef safe but was wondering if anyone on here had any experience with them. Currently have a divided leopard and a radiant in the tank already. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys
 
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They are reef safe, mostly. Probably will make a try for CUC. @OrionN has a couple I believe. I tried a pair not long ago and neither would eat a thing and starved. If it’s eating at the LFS, go for it.
 

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Sorry; meant to come back to this later and forgot.
They are reef safe, mostly. Probably will make a try for CUC.
Yes - once large they can pick at your CUC.
 

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One of my China wrasse is doing great. The other one have mouth injury and never fully recover from it. He cannot eat right, still living after almost 1 year but thin and not growing well.
The larger one is at 3.5 inches. I would consider them reef safe but they are not dull grown yet. Beautiful and unusual wrasse
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I had one as well and it lived for about 5 years before losing it. It was a model citizen with all other fish including other Tamarins. As with most Tamarins finding a healthy specimen and getting it start eating is the hard part. As mentioned crustaceans and snails maybe on the menu when they mature. Also if I remember the males will develop red on the anal fin.
 

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I have had mine for over a year now and its doing great. I have tried 3x previously. None of them have picked at any snails, shrimp, crabs, etc...
However, i’m not sure how long clams would last.
I have a ~150 gallon (48x31x24) and she seems to be happy in there for now. As mentioned above they are rather slow growing but I wouldn’t recommend them to anything under 120gal.
I cannot speak for behavior around other Anampses species, but they are moderately peaceful around other wrasses (Cirrhilabrus, Macropharyngodon, Paracheilinus, etc...).
They often come in with intestinal parasites/flagellates so it would be a good idea to soak food in general cure for a couple weeks. Mine started putting on weight after this. A few weeks in quarantine with a tupperware full of sand wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
They typically won’t eat for a couple days after arrival. Live blackworms, masstick, and baby brine shrimp have worked best for me to get them eating. Now she eats just about anything.
It is imperative that they are fed at least 2x a day with high quality foods. Often, without heavy feeding they slowly waste away.
No changes in sex so far and aggression is minimal. Still fat and happy as far as I can tell.
 
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My Larger China Wrasse is turning male over the last few weeks. He start to color in. The color is still subtle. Face start to have blue green and pink, the tail and pelvic fins start to have pink-orange with blue in it and the anal fin start to turn orange. The black color receded. The China wrasse initial male is quite beautiful and unique. I tried multiple pictures before pick this one to post as it really show the change in color the best. He have been in my tank for about 1.5 years.
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My changing China Wrasse, Anampses neoguinaicusis. 5 inches and in my tank for 1.5 years.

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A little better picture of the Anal and Caudal fins. Color is much easier to pick up by camera today

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Color of the face and lines around eye. Look a lot darker and more defind in real life

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6 months ago

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