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Lifespans aren't really studied or known all that well.
What’s the expected lifespan of some of the smaller Halichoeres wrasses?
More like in the 7-8 range; maybe up to 10.
What about the Lined (4, Mystery, 6, and 8) wrasses
Similar there, in the 7-8 range.
 
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My lubbocki has started hiding in the rocks almost constantly only poking out for brief seconds while I'm feeding. I thought'd I lost him earlier this week because I hadn't seen him in days. Would this be a sign of old age or something else? I've had him for ~4yrs.

Last pic I have of him. ~2 weeks ago, he looked fine:
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How can anybody not love this Diamond Tail Flasher? He is not anywhere near fully develop yet, still he is a beauty. These are the changes over the last 2 months from 2/16 to 4/16/2020

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Quick question for the wrasse experts.
Current tank- 120 gal display with 40 gal sump/refugium. Established and doing well.
Current stocking-- pair of Perc clowns (small), Yellow watchman goby, Orange spot Goby, pair of purple Firefish, Midas blenny, Blue-green chromis, Royal Gramma, small Yellow-eyed Kole Tang. All inhabitants are healthy and getting along well. I have a red skunk cleaner shrimp and some hermits in the tank for inverts.

I am having an overgrowth/outbreak of the harmless brown flatworms and was thinking of adding a wrasse for this (and as a future pest control solution). I had read the Melanurus Wrasse (Halichoeres melanurus) would be a good choice. The other wrasse I really like would be an Exquisite Fairy Wrasse- (Cirrhilabrus exquisitus)- but not sure if they eat flatworms?

The only other fish I want to add is a mandarin green dragonet down the road.

What do you think-- given current stock list (and wanting to add a mandarin dragonet as well later)-- which one would be better pest control and get along well with rest of my tank-mates?
Thank you.
 
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What do you think-- given current stock list (and wanting to add a mandarin dragonet as well later)-- which one would be better pest control and get along well with rest of my tank-mates?
Thank you.
Unfortunately, there isn't one. Any genus which will target those flatworms (Cirrhilabrus will not) will also target pods, hence out-competing a mandarin.
 

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Agree. Listen to the experts like evolved ^ above. Randomly I too have a 120 DT. I have all three of the fish you are speaking about. Melanurus wrasse is one of my favorite fish and is a beast of a hunter for pests (Unfortunately pods are included in that category). Make sure you just keep your sump full of pods and your future mandarin will be fine.
 

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Quick question for the wrasse experts.
Current tank- 120 gal display with 40 gal sump/refugium. Established and doing well.
Current stocking-- pair of Perc clowns (small), Yellow watchman goby, Orange spot Goby, pair of purple Firefish, Midas blenny, Blue-green chromis, Royal Gramma, small Yellow-eyed Kole Tang. All inhabitants are healthy and getting along well. I have a red skunk cleaner shrimp and some hermits in the tank for inverts.

I am having an overgrowth/outbreak of the harmless brown flatworms and was thinking of adding a wrasse for this (and as a future pest control solution). I had read the Melanurus Wrasse (Halichoeres melanurus) would be a good choice. The other wrasse I really like would be an Exquisite Fairy Wrasse- (Cirrhilabrus exquisitus)- but not sure if they eat flatworms?

The only other fish I want to add is a mandarin green dragonet down the road.

What do you think-- given current stock list (and wanting to add a mandarin dragonet as well later)-- which one would be better pest control and get along well with rest of my tank-mates?
Thank you.
Supposedly chrysiptera cf. Springeri will eat those flatworms and mine never seem to actively graze the rockwork for pods, which may work as an alternative.
Theres also those blue velvet nudibranchs which eat only flatworms.
 
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Does anyone have experience with the Pacific Peppermint Hogfish? Is it a very aggressive species?

Also..... what have you found to be a “jump proof” method to keep Wrasses in the tank? My tank will not be using mesh but an acrylic lid instead.
I don't have any experience with that hogfish but I'm interested to hear the responses.

There really isn't any fool proof method to 100% keep wrasses from jumping. They are prolific jumpers. A tight lid with no openings is your best defense. I would highly recommend avoiding the solid acrylic lid and going with a 1/4 or 1/8" mesh lid. Wrasses frequently get spinal injuries from their jumping attempts when encountering solid surfaces. With a mesh cover the chance of injury is extremely low IME. Artfully Acrylic and Octo Aquatics as well as some others offer very attractive versions.

That said, be careful when the tops are off for maintenance or feeding. No too long ago my prized P. attenuatus jumped during a feeding frenzy and landed in a place I couldn't get to in time to save him!
 
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