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I see several folks here are keeping six line wrasses with others. I have two tanks that I am consolidating down into one. I will be adding a small six line into my other aquarium with a slightly larger melanarus wrasse. Will adding the six line be an issue do you think? He is currently housed in a 40 cube with just a red hawkfish, and there has been no aggression issues as of yet.
 
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My pintail jumped into the corner overflow box again on Friday. He is always shooting around the tank like a torpedo. Makes me nervous during feeding. So I decided to net him out today. What a PITA. Pulled the Durso and drained the box. Guess what I found down there sitting next to the pintail? My Lineatus that I thought jumped and was gone 16 days ago. Just sitting there with his eye glued on me! These wrasses can hide in plain site.
 

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My pintail jumped into the corner overflow box again on Friday. He is always shooting around the tank like a torpedo. Makes me nervous during feeding. So I decided to net him out today. What a PITA. Pulled the Durso and drained the box. Guess what I found down there sitting next to the pintail? My Lineatus that I thought jumped and was gone 16 days ago. Just sitting there with his eye glued on me! These wrasses can hide in plain site.
Oh wow! Glad you found your lineatus! Time to cover that overflow box with some mesh!
 

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What’s everyone’s opinion adding a lineatus to a solar wrasse in a 75. Thinking that could be Dicey as they mature.
 

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What’s everyone’s opinion adding a lineatus to a solar wrasse in a 75. Thinking that could be Dicey as they mature.
They can co-exist if the tank is large enough, but I agree I wouldn’t try it in a 75g.
 
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Does anyone know the official ID of this guy? My LFS had it labeled as a Male Fairy Wrasse, but they weren’t sure if it was correctly IDed when they got it. They had him for a few months and I kept watching him and finally pulled the trigger. He’s getting along with everyone very week after getting the “business” from my Tomini tang for the first day.
 

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Does anyone know the official ID of this guy? My LFS had it labeled as a Male Fairy Wrasse, but they weren’t sure if it was correctly IDed when they got it. They had him for a few months and I kept watching him and finally pulled the trigger. He’s getting along with everyone very week after getting the “business” from my Tomini tang for the first day.
Cirrhilabrus ryukyuensis.
 

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Will an 8-line flasher, lineatus, and most leopard's turn male if there are no others of the same species?
Flasher and fairy wrasses will transition to male without other flashers and fairies being present. Leopard wrasses can transition without other leopards, but it’s less likely to happen.
 
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Will a Melanurus wrasse be comfortable in a 46 gallon bowfront mixed reef tank with about 6 other smaller fish, or is the tank too small? Liveaquaria recommends a 50 gallon tank, which is pretty darn close, and I've heard mixed advice from people here and folks at my LFS. A Melanurus is at the top of our wish list, but I also don't want it to be stressed. Sumpless system, about 50 pounds of rock and 40 pounds of sand. Other fish on the stock list include:
pair of occy clowns
vanderbuilt chromis
bicolor blenny
flasher wrasse of some variety
pygmy (cherub) angel
 

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Will a Melanurus wrasse be comfortable in a 46 gallon bowfront mixed reef tank with about 6 other smaller fish, or is the tank too small? Liveaquaria recommends a 50 gallon tank, which is pretty darn close, and I've heard mixed advice from people here and folks at my LFS. A Melanurus is at the top of our wish list, but I also don't want it to be stressed. Sumpless system, about 50 pounds of rock and 40 pounds of sand. Other fish on the stock list include:
pair of occy clowns
vanderbuilt chromis
bicolor blenny
flasher wrasse of some variety
pygmy (cherub) angel
Your tank is on the smaller side for a melanurus. Mels get bulky in size and can become bossy in smaller tanks. A good alternative is halichoeres biocellatus (red lined wrasse) they don’t get as big and are also beautiful as males.
 

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Your tank is on the smaller side for a melanurus. Mels get bulky in size and can become bossy in smaller tanks. A good alternative is halichoeres biocellatus (red lined wrasse) they don’t get as big and are also beautiful as males.
Exactly the feedback I was looking for. Thank you!
 
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What Wrasses can or can’t be kept together?
Great question! Check this thread out. It will give you some answers and is a great place to start if you’re interested in keeping multiple wrasses:
 

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Exactly the feedback I was looking for. Thank you!

Love SaltyT's recommendation. H. biocellatus is a very peaceful and beautiful Halichoeres wrasse that stays pretty small. Another one to consider is an H. irridis. Also beautiful, peaceful and small. I've kept both and love them both.

Bad picture of the radiant.
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The H. biocellatus as a terminal phase male.
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and in QT as a youngster.
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Just started a 90 gallon reef tank. Added a Carpenter flasher in this weekend. What other wrasses are reef safe and compatible with this wrasse?
 

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Just started a 90 gallon reef tank. Added a Carpenter flasher in this weekend. What other wrasses are reef safe and compatible with this wrasse?
I would check out this article. Great info and recommendation.
 
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