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Anyone have experience with carpet anemones with wrasse. Would like a carpet but a wrasse that is stressed or has a doh moment I would hate to loose. My wrasse will dive between tentacles of a BTA for food and don’t know if some will understand not to with a carpet.
I would say it’s risky but if it’s a healthy wrasse I would have thought that a wrasse would be fast enough to get away from it. A mini carpet wouldn’t harm a wrasse unless it was a small, slow wrasse like a possum or pink streak. I’d assume it’s not unheard of when it comes to a full grown carpet (Not a mini maxi) eating a wrasse.
 
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I keep looking at photos of both male and female kuiteri and moyeri leopard wrasses and it makes me wonder if anyone owns either of them? Also what do the female moyeri’s look like compared to the males? All I ever see are male Moyer leopards and very rarely male kuiteri’s I almost never see females of these wrasses.
 
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I keep looking at photos of both male and female kuiteri and moyeri leopard wrasses and it makes me wonder if anyone owns either of them? Also what do the female moyeri’s look like compared to the males? All I ever see are male Moyer leopards and very rarely male kuiteri’s I almost never see females of these wrasses.
Divers Den had a few Moyers several months ago. Almost bought one but didn't know enough about it so I passed.
 

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I have a question about fairy wrasse coloration for the resident experts. Can I expect a somewhat drab terminal phase male Cirrhilabrus isosceles to reach "super male" coloration in the home aquarium? Or even just color up a bit at all? He eats well, is healthy, and there isn't much bickering between him and the other wrasses which are Cirrhilabrus lunatus, Cirrhilabrus lubbocki, Cirrhilabrus rubrimarginatus, and Paracheilinus angulatus (all males). My assumption is that it's almost impossible to predict what his coloration will do. Maybe he hasn't fully transitioned yet? I've attached a couple pics of him and my rubrimarginatus just because lol.
 

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I have a question about fairy wrasse coloration for the resident experts. Can I expect a somewhat drab terminal phase male Cirrhilabrus isosceles to reach "super male" coloration in the home aquarium? Or even just color up a bit at all? He eats well, is healthy, and there isn't much bickering between him and the other wrasses which are Cirrhilabrus lunatus, Cirrhilabrus lubbocki, Cirrhilabrus rubrimarginatus, and Paracheilinus angulatus (all males). My assumption is that it's almost impossible to predict what his coloration will do. Maybe he hasn't fully transitioned yet? I've attached a couple pics of him and my rubrimarginatus just because lol.
So, my C. lubbocki (Cebu) never truly coloured up until he had a reason to flash (When my C. lubbocki - Indo began to flash). Only during the flashing period they fully colour up, or if they have a reason to display like mating or breeding ect.. with age if fairy wrasses don’t have a reason to flash then they tend to fade in certain colours.

the red group (Wrasses with their main colour being red) will loose the least colour, usually it’s just in their fins - This is what my Naokoae has done, his black fins aren’t the same as the photos. The green group (Wrasses with their main body colour being green as with the scottorum complex) loose the most colour, I can’t really say my C. melanomarginatus has lost colour but he has gained it in pattern I just can’t get a photo to show the pattern completely. IMHO people say skip the c. scottorum because they get drab and the exquisite is nicer but actually both tend to loose colour, yes if you’re mixing wrasses go for the exquisite. I have found the male/female thing to be false in my tank and it’s all about having a reason to flash (Not always at eachother or even other wrasses, but just a reason). If I remember correctly, the third group is the blues and these tend to be somewhere in the middle of the other two with how much colour they loose.
 

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I have a question about fairy wrasse coloration for the resident experts. Can I expect a somewhat drab terminal phase male Cirrhilabrus isosceles to reach "super male" coloration in the home aquarium? Or even just color up a bit at all? He eats well, is healthy, and there isn't much bickering between him and the other wrasses which are Cirrhilabrus lunatus, Cirrhilabrus lubbocki, Cirrhilabrus rubrimarginatus, and Paracheilinus angulatus (all males). My assumption is that it's almost impossible to predict what his coloration will do. Maybe he hasn't fully transitioned yet? I've attached a couple pics of him and my rubrimarginatus just because lol.
You're correct, there is no way to predict how colorful a wrasse will become, it varies with each individual. Your isosceles may color up more. Your rubrimarginatus is very nice he would be considered a "super male".
 

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What's everyone's general experience with Earmuff wrasses? I see some general info on it, but some questions I still have are:

1) Will they do fine with other Halichoeres? (Radiant + Checkerboard)
2) Will they eat/nip at clams?
Nice wrasse, mild tempered. They get along well with other halichoeres wrasses. They do not eat or nip clams.
 

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If a flasher wrasse like a Carpenter or McCosker, breaks off their elongated dorsal fin rays... will they grow back? I'm assuming they will, but just wanted to make sure.
Yep, it'll grow back
 

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Well, I had to do it. My LFS had a nice 2.5 inch blue streak cleaner wrasse for $18. I just couldn't pass him up. I know they are difficult fish to keep due to their unusual diet choice of parasites. I dropped him in the tank and 3 other wrasses lined up for a cleaning check up. Such a cool fish. I hope I can care for him properly. He fits in perfectly with the other wrasse crew.
 

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Hello all. I picked up this McCosters wrasse up today. Would you say it's a male or female? (Does the small spike on the dorsal fin indicate male?
 

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Unfortunately it seems my black leopard has passed. I could never catch my red coris unless I tore down the tank, and i have not seen the black leopard in 4 days.

I know better then to go digging in the sand, but man I'm ticked as the black leopard is one of my favorites, and one I can't seem to keep long term. This is my third try at the black. Firts one wasted away as I could never get it to eat(it was very tiny too), second was a jumper, and now this one.

I still have hopes, but not much at this point. I have had leopard in the past stay in the sandbed for a couple weeks, only to emerge like nothing happened and hungry, but my hopes are very low.

I'm so peeved at this point, I just might tear my reef apart today to catch him.
 
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