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I'm new to keeping wrasses. Just got a pintail fairy about a week ago and was considering adding this red head solon that my LFS has. Will these two be aggressive towards one another?
 
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I'm new to keeping wrasses. Just got a pintail fairy about a week ago and was considering adding this red head solon that my LFS has. Will these two be aggressive towards one another?
According to the chart I always follow, it maybe a problem. The pintail my favorite is the most docile wrasse there is, add another pintail if you want, that is how docile they are.
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Do wrasses eat micro brittle stars or are they so efficient at eating and so quick that the micro starfish starve out? I transferred everything from my 180 last Sunday into my new 310 and there was not one micro brittle star or bristle worm. I have kept micro brittle stars in all my tanks for 15 years. They seem to be missing in my office tank also? The only wrasse before a year ago was a cleaner.
 

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I'm new to keeping wrasses. Just got a pintail fairy about a week ago and was considering adding this red head solon that my LFS has. Will these two be aggressive towards one another?
According to the chart I always follow, it maybe a problem. The pintail my favorite is the most docile wrasse there is, add another pintail if you want, that is how docile they are.
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(full link here: https://www.reef2reef.com/ams/cirrhilabrus-complexes-inferiority-need-not-apply-1st-revision.352/)
It's an iffy bet, depending on the size of the tank.
Do wrasses eat micro brittle stars or are they so efficient at eating and so quick that the micro starfish starve out? I transferred everything from my 180 last Sunday into my new 310 and there was not one micro brittle star or bristle worm. I have kept micro brittle stars in all my tanks for 15 years. They seem to be missing in my office tank also? The only wrasse before a year ago was a cleaner.
Genus dependent. Halichoeres, Coris, Macropharyngodon (to some extent), Anampses (to some extent as well), & Pseudojuloides will. Other genera won't effect them much if at all.
 
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Which wrasses are best for bare bottom reef?
There are ten(ish) genera of wrasses which are considered to be reef safe and are commonly available in the trade. They are: Anampses, Cirrhilabrus, Halichoeres, Labroides, Macropharyngodon, Paracheilinus, Pseudocheilinus, Pseudocheilinops, Pseudojuloides, and Wetmorella.
Some genera sleep or seek refuge in the sand. These genera require a sand bed in the tank of at least 1” in depth. Also, the sand does not need to be sugar-fine, but should not be as coarse as crushed coral – this can lead to abrasions and bacterial infections for the sand-sleepers. Sand 2-4mm in grain size is suitable. Only these genera require sand; other genera sleep in a mucus cocoon in the rockwork or crevices: Anampses, Halichoeres, Macropharyngodon, and Pseudojuloides.
Beyond that; "best" is subjective. What are your goals? Tank size?
 

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Beyond that; "best" is subjective. What are your goals? Tank size?
510g (130 x 25 1/2 x 36 1/2 tall)
 

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510g (130 x 25 1/2 x 36 1/2 tall)
Well, that's still pretty limited information; the best I can say is pick from the following genera:
Cirrhilabrus, Paracheilinus, Pseudocheilinops, and Wetmorella.
 
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Evolved not sure if I ever thanked you for putting out that chart, so thank you! I follow it 100%, every time I think about getting a wrasse I bring that chart up which sits on my desk top for Compatibility.
Wow, thanks much! It's not infallible, but I am glad people find it useful.
 

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Wow, thanks much! It's not infallible, but I am glad people find it useful.
maybe not quite infallible, but without your wrasse threads on here, i'd be rolling around with h. ornatassimus, c. filamentosus, and a sixline probably. oh and probably a scotts. all of which i've had LFS try to send my way.. certain for impending disaster

i also very much appreciate the effort you put forth on the lovely missile shaped fish
 

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Excited to say I'll be joining the wrasse lovers club. Just placed an order for my first wrasse other than a 6-line.
Starting with these 3.
C. Jordani
C. Isosceles
P. Carpenteri

I'm irrationally excited about it. Hopefully this isn't a bad starting point for someone new to these little guys.
 
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Excited to say I'll be joining the wrasse lovers club. Just placed an order for my first wrasse other than a 6-line.
Starting with these 3.
C. Jordani
C. Isosceles
P. Carpenteri

I'm irrationally excited about it. Hopefully this isn't a bad starting point for someone new to these little guys.
Will those 3 be in the same tank than the sixline?
 

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Will those 3 be in the same tank than the sixline?
After 3 years the sixline has passed on. Smart fish and couldn't catch him so I gave up on my dream of other wrasses. He was full grown when I got him so no idea how old he was. Now that he is gone the door is open to more options.
 

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Excited to say I'll be joining the wrasse lovers club. Just placed an order for my first wrasse other than a 6-line.
Starting with these 3.
C. Jordani
C. Isosceles
P. Carpenteri

I'm irrationally excited about it. Hopefully this isn't a bad starting point for someone new to these little guys.

Great choices Brew!
 

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Great choices Brew!
Thanks! Evolved's chart is incredibly useful. I was going to ask him for advice on how to stock it but knowing his taste I would have had to mortgage my house! :p
 
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