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Need help finding another wrasse for my mixed reef 120.

My wife doesn't want any orange fish in this tank. I am looking for another one in addition to these 2.

H. melanurus
P. cyaneus

Considering - one of these: T.trilobatum, C. lyukyuensis, C. lubbocki


I have a sand bed and covered tank. Looking for something bright and not above $150. Don't want a fish that will go after CUC. My puffer does enough damage. Would like a fish that has a purpose, something that will keep Vertimids or other pest at bay. I QT, but Just in case....

Already in the tank:
Foxface rabbit fish
Lawnmower blenny
valentini puffer fish
2 clowns

Planned:
Kole eyed tang
Purple Tang or Powder brown tang
after a year or more - mandarin goby
 
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Why does it needs to "has a purpose"? Looking good isn't enough?
Melanurus is a great wrasse, but there are plenty of Fairy and Flasher that are out of this word as a looker.
Your wife has not seen this orange fish I am sure
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Why does it needs to "has a purpose"? Looking good isn't enough?
Melanurus is a great wrasse, but there are plenty of Fairy and Flasher that are out of this word as a looker.
Your wife has not seen this orange fish I am sure
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Orion I like dual purpose fish. Doesn't have to have a purpose just nice. What kind of flasher is this ? The reason she doesnt want more is we have two 2 clowns. So looking for others colors.
 
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Has anyone ever had a cleaner wrasse go rogue? mines just gone mental and killed one of my Feminus wrasse, I watched it swim at full speed straight into her.... never seen anything like it... ive had this cleaner for years and it’s been ok upto now.... how on earth do you catch a cleaner wrasse in a full reef?? I’ve got a couple of nets in the tank to try and protect my remaining Fem or catch it, just in case it goes mental for that one....
 
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Has anyone ever had a cleaner wrasse go rogue? mines just gone mental and killed one of my Feminus wrasse, I watched it swim at full speed straight into in.... never seen anything like it... ive had this cleaner for years and it’s been ok upto now.... how on earth do you catch a cleaner wrasse in a full reef?? I’ve got a couple of nets in the tank to try and protect my remaining Fem or catch it, just in case it goes mental for that one....
Are you sure it couldnt be a juvenile sabertooth fang blenny, nevermind if youve had it for years sorry forgot that bit dont think it would be then
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Actually i think they stay like that there whole life after reading some articles
 
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Are you sure it couldnt be a juvenile sabertooth fang blenny, nevermind if youve had it for years sorry forgot that bit dont think it would be then
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Actually i think they stay like that there whole life after reading some articles
That’s exactly what it is.... Thankyou, i must have had it over 5 years and was sold as a cleaner wrasse...
 

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Hope you catch him before any more destruction, sorry he killed your femininus wrasse
thankyou, it’s strange how he’s suddenly gone mad, and im so annoyed at myself for not researching better when I bought it... just looking at pictures of blue streak cleaner and it is so similar, I’m not 100% certain, either way its gone mad....
 

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Caught a video of my pencil wrasse flashing, tried using a mirror to see if the flasher wrasse would colour up and flash, but that didn't happen, so ive removed it.
Sorry the quality is bad for some reason when i upload to youtube it goes really bad quality

Beautiful! What other wrasses do you have? What size tank. I would love one but afraid I have too many boisterous wrasses.
 

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Beautiful! What other wrasses do you have? What size tank. I would love one but afraid I have too many boisterous wrasses.
Thank you, Its a red sea reefer 350 so about 70 gallons, i also have a blue star leopard (macropharyngodon bipartitus) and a linespot flasher wrasse (paracheilinius lineopunctatus), none of the other wrasses bother him however the leopard wrasse kept him hiding in the rockwork for a few weeks after he was introduced but its all ok now.
 

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That’s exactly what it is.... Thankyou, i must have had it over 5 years and was sold as a cleaner wrasse...
The way to tell.is the mouth of the false cleaner or saber tooth wrasse is under slung a bit like a sharks mouth. I have only ever seen one in an LFS before many years ago. When I pointed it out to the owner he looked at me if I was mad.
 

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Theres a good comparison photo if it helps, it seems to be the main difference is the position of the mouth, in the blenny its underneath the snout while in the wrasse the mouth is aligned with the snout

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Hey thanks for this, good shout on the mouth being different I hadn’t spotted that, on mine the mouth is definatly on the front of the snout, which would suggest its labroidies...
 
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