Is there any Halichoeres Wrasse that doesn't eat snails??

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Was planning on getting a yellow coris wrasse but did some research and found they might eat small snails. Is there any other wrasse in the Halichoeres family that doesn't eat snails? IF this family do eats snails which one is the most unlikely one to eat snails? Thanks for reading!
 

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Was planning on getting a yellow coris wrasse but did some research and found they might eat small snails. Is there any other wrasse in the Halichoeres family that doesn't eat snails? IF this family do eats snails which one is the most unlikely one to eat snails? Thanks for reading!
They may however if you stick to the smaller Halichoeres, chances of them eating snails is lower.
But in a simple way of answering the question;
No. All Halichoeres species will potentially go after your snails.
 
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Get bigger snails, lol. Smallish trochus are dinner for the halichoeres, but my bigger turbo's hold out ok. Have had some of the turbo's for years.
I can't let my poor sand sifter snails go. I love them coming out of the sand when I feed.
 
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They may however if you stick to the smaller Halichoeres, chances of them eating snails is lower.
But in a simple way of answering the question;
No. All Halichoeres species will potentially go after your snails.
Thx for the reply, I wanted one but I might have to pass and get a different wrasse that doesn't eat small snails.
 

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I can't let my poor sand sifter snails go. I love them coming out of the sand when I feed.
Sand sifters are often off the menu. I have an article on Halichoeres and it goes over what snails are safest with this species (I actually have a few articles on Wrasses as well as some Gobies).
 
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I can't let my poor sand sifter snails go. I love them coming out of the sand when I feed.
Eh, nassarius snails do fine. I have several in both tanks. They forage for the most part after lights out when your halichoeres wrasses are bedded down.
 
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Sand sifters are often off the menu. I have an article on Halichoeres and it goes over what snails are safest with this species (I actually have a few articles on Wrasses as well as some Gobies).
will check out ur article thx u!
Eh, nassarius snails do fine. I have several in both tanks. They forage for the most part after lights out when your halichoeres wrasses are bedded down.
ok that's cool, what wrasse do u have? for reference
 

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will check out ur article thx u!

ok that's cool, what wrasse do u have? for reference
I currently have a melanurus, red coris, and Xmas wrasse (Halichoeres Claudia). Those three are same genra, same tank.
 
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I currently have a melanurus, red coris, and Xmas wrasse (Halichoeres Claudia). Those three are same genra, same tank.
The Red Coris Wrasse is not from the Halichoeres genus. The Red Coris Wrasse is a true coris from the genus Coris, which is a much more aggressive genus of wrasse and as they age they can become terrors.
Wrasses that are often called Coris Wrasses but are not actually part of the genus Coris (Causing them to be the false Coris Wrasses) are these two;
Halichoeres chrysus (Yellow “Coris” Wrasse) and the much larger Halichoeres chloropterus (Green “Coris” Wrasse). These two Halichoeres are usually sold in the trade under the name Coris, I have never understood why though. Potentially due to their looks or maybe due to Halichoeres potentially being closer to the Coris genus.
 
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A red lined wrasse (h. biocellatus) stays smaller, at around 4”. These might be too small to eat many of the snails that would be in danger with a melanurus. I have no personal experience with these fish; I just know that they stay smaller.
nice point. I might get the red line wrasse instead of the yellow wrasse bc of its max size.
 
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The Red Coris Wrasse is not from the Halichoeres genus. The Red Coris Wrasse is a true coris from the genus Coris, which is a much more aggressive genus of wrasse and as they age they can become terrors.
Wrasses that are often called Coris Wrasses but are not actually part of the genus Coris (Causing them to be the false Coris Wrasses) are these two;
Halichoeres chrysus (Yellow “Coris” Wrasse) and the much larger Halichoeres chloropterus (Green “Coris” Wrasse). These two Halichoeres are usually sold in the trade under the name Coris, I have never understood why though. Potentially due to their looks or maybe due to Halichoeres potentially being closer to the Coris genus.
Huh. I learned something new. Wish I had the time to learn it all... I've been misinformed for a LONG time.
 

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Huh. I learned something new. Wish I had the time to learn it all... I've been misinformed for a LONG time.
We all start somewhere :)
There’s two different Coris species that I know can go under the name “Red Coris Wrasse” with the most common being Coris gaimard. The other is Coris formosa but the main common name for that species is “Queen Coris” and it deserves it haha.
 
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nice point. I might get the red line wrasse instead of the yellow wrasse bc of its max size.
Halichoeres leucoxanthus also remains smaller. If you want I can list all the ones that I can think of off the top of my head that retain that smaller size.
 
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Halichoeres leucoxanthus also remains smaller. If you want I can list all the ones that I can think of off the top of my head that retain that smaller size.
a list of them will be nice. ill put leucoxanthus in my stock list and the red line and whichever one I stumble on at my LFS first is the one I will get.
 

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a list of them will be nice. ill put leucoxanthus in my stock list and the red line and whichever one I stumble on at my LFS first is the one I will get.
- Halichoeres timorensis
- Halichoeres leucoxanthus
- Halichoeres iridis
- Halichoeres chrysus
- Halichoeres biocellatus
- Halichoeres cosmetus
- Halichoeres pelicieri
These are just the ones I can think of and they range in difficulty due to shipping as well as rarity. Here’s my smaller Halichoeres (I do also have a Halichoeres chloropterus but he will happily try to snack on a flipped snail).
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