Hi, I have a 180g tank with very aggressive eaters (aka pigs): tangs, foxface, several lyretail anthias, chromis, clowns, royal gramma, Melanurus wrasse, McCosker flasher etc and just bought a matted pair of blue star leopard wrasses. Just got them in QT and they are eating frozen well (mysis and coppepods).
However, I notice that they take their time looking at the food before they go for it, one peace at the time.
I am concerned they might starve in my tank given the high flow and aggressive eating behavior of all the other fish. One cube of mysis and not one single shrimp will get ti the sandbed as the fish dart to it.
Can the bluestar leopards become aggressive eaters overtime and aggressively go after the food? My melanurus initially was shy but now is a pig like all the others.
They have been in the QT for the past 3 days. But do they eat out of a high flow water column?How long have you had them? In my limited experience leopards can become just as aggressive of feeders as other wrasses. It often just takes more time to get them that way, which is why QT is very important with them IMO. They don't need any competition when they're not acclimated to captive life and not eating well.
My Potter's leopard wrasse has been in the tank for 5 years with a host of other wrasses and tangs that are very aggressive eaters. He is one of the biggest pigs and even eats nori aggressively.
Love those pics! I only have 2 so far but have definitely fallen for them!Awesome thread! We LOVE our wrasses too. Great pics everyone and Brett, that pic of your male Earlei is fantastic!
Here are some pics of a some of our wrasses:
Female C. johnsoni
Male C. johnsoni
Male M. bipartitus
Male M. kuiteri
Male Paracheilinus octotaenia
My Potters does as well. I have mainly SPS with high flow and mine is a pig. He's more aggressive than some of my Cirrhilabrus, including my big Lineatus. I would just use acclimation box when you add them to check any aggression from others.Mine does. I'll see if I have an old video of him, if not I'll make one a little later when I feed.