Is this normal

Fishpro7897

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Dec 28, 2020
Messages
140
Reaction score
141
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
US
So I got a Christmas tree wrasse this afternoon and when I got him home he was laying on his side and breathing heavily in the bag . I've never noticed this with any of my other fish. Is this normal or is he sick.
 
Zoanthids
OP
Fishpro7897

Fishpro7897

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Dec 28, 2020
Messages
140
Reaction score
141
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
US
But one thing I have noticed is that he's been randomly swimming down to the floor and laying there for like 5 seconds then he swims right back up and seems fine. But I did read that some wrasse's like to play dead is that true?
 
Maxout

vetteguy53081

Well known Member and monster tank lover
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
48,440
Reaction score
109,956
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Wisconsin - Florida in several months
When wrasses are first introduced, this is typical behavior with many. Same with hepatus tang and regular tangs.
Is there a reason? - - - STRESS
Stress from being netted, confined in a fish bag, ammonia in the bag and shipping (if it was shipped , or just arrived at LFS)
 

Trouble1375

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
May 24, 2019
Messages
363
Reaction score
306
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Warren
Our female melanurus wrasse hid under the sand for 47 days after introduction - the male was a bit too forward. We thought she was dead and then the tank crashed and we pulled everything out and after we put water back in with the new aquascape she suddenly appeared and acts like she's been there the whole time and she gets along fine with her boyfriend now
 

Do you quarantine new coral before adding it to your reef tank?

  • YES always

    Votes: 80 17.6%
  • Sometimes depending (tell us why)

    Votes: 56 12.3%
  • NO never

    Votes: 306 67.3%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 13 2.9%
http://www.marcorocks.com/
Top