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I have a pair raised from baby. They are trouble free and not agressive, but hold their own and won't get bully. I have a large tank, so behavior in small tanks may be different.
1st one in my QT only about 1.25 inch
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Growing up
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2nd one when I first got her in QT, even smaller than the first one
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Full breeding female (2nd one)
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The pair spawned
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Awesome!! Thank you!! So pretty. Mine will be going in a 120. Just hadn’t heard much about them personality/aggression wise and needed to know before I even considered. Def on my list now. Lol. Thank you. And still jealous of the beautiful Diamond tail as I’m sure everyone here is. Lol.
 
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Are we talking a new green wrasse or one you currently own ;)
The only greenish one I have is the Hardwicke. And he's already been named Liberace.
So a new one! Wish I could have a green bird wrasse. They're super neat looking!
 

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The only greenish one I have is the Hardwicke. And he's already been named Liberace.
So a new one! Wish I could have a green bird wrasse. They're super neat looking!
Well… give me a minute and you’ll have all the green!
 
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The only greenish one I have is the Hardwicke. And he's already been named Liberace.
So a new one! Wish I could have a green bird wrasse. They're super neat looking!
I’ve come this close to a dragon wrasse a couple times. That would be my dream green wrasse. It’s probably a bad idea though.
 

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Whilst I just look through this book to find any I’m missing, I have found something I didn’t know some wrasses did!
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I’ve come this close to a dragon wrasse a couple times. That would be my dream green wrasse. It’s probably a bad idea though.
Yeah, they had a juv. dragon and Formosa that were gorgeous.
@Crabby48 kindly let me know they will get way too large for my tank and will destroy any and all CUC. So they were much easier to say no to. The colors were beautiful though
 
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Whilst I just look through this book to find any I’m missing, I have found something I didn’t know some wrasses did!
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I see a green one!! Lol
 

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The only greenish one I have is the Hardwicke. And he's already been named Liberace.
So a new one! Wish I could have a green bird wrasse. They're super neat looking!
Here’s the list for you!
Halichoeres chloropterus (Duh! I own one, couldn’t forget this beauty)*
Anampses cuvier (As a male, they’re blue/green)
Anampses geographicus (Females are a darker green)
Anampses femininus (Males are greenish from what I remember)
Cheilinus undulatus (I said, no green left behind and I mean it)*
Cheilinus lunulatus (Males have a green/blue colouring)*
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus pylei (Vanuatu variants can be slightly green tinted)
Cirrhilabrus scottorum (One of the most well known green coloured wrasses)*
Cirrhilabrus melanomarginatus (often confused with scottorum)*
Coris cuvieri (Again, it’s a blue/green tint as males but juveniles are a dirty green)*
Coris formosa (IP have a dirty green but males are blue/green)*
Coris gaimard (green base)*
Gomphosus varius (Males are green)*
Gomphosus caeruleus (again, males are green)*
Halichoeres biocellatus (Males are green)
Halichoeres argus (spotted green)
Halichoeres melanurus (another obvious green one)
Halichoeres chlorocephalus (green head)*
Halichoeres leucurus (mostly green with yellow tints)
Halichoeres marginatus (green striped)
Halichoeres vroliki (similar to the Melanurus)
Halichoeres richmondi (similar to the marginatus)
Halichoeres rubricephalus (green with red head)
Halichoeres zeylonicus (very green)*
Macrophayrngodon marisrubri (males are green)
Macropharyngodon bipartitus (males are also green with more pale areas)
Macropharyngodon ornatissimus (These are mainly green throughout their whole life)
Macropharyngodon meleagris (males are greenish)
Pseudojuloides cerasinus (males are green)
Pseudojuloides erythops (males are green)
Xenojulis margaritaceus (they have a green tint as juveniles and then are very green as males)

I’m cutting the list there as it’ll be incredibly long by the time I’ve gone through every genus haha. Some of these are risky in reefs or with other wrasses (I have labelled them with a *).

I’m aware they’re not all in italics and the reason why is… I’m lazy haha.
 
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Yeah, they had a juv. dragon and Formosa that were gorgeous.
@Crabby48 kindly let me know they will get way too large for my tank and will destroy any and all CUC. So they were much easier to say no to. The colors were beautiful though
My LFS has a juvenile Dragon and I always look at it… I just wish I had a 7’ tank with rockwork that was drilled down.
 

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Here’s the list for you!
Halichoeres chloropterus (Duh! I own one, couldn’t forget this beauty)*
Anampses cuvier (As a male, they’re blue/green)
Anampses geographicus (Females are a darker green)
Anampses femininus (Males are greenish from what I remember)
Cheilinus undulatus (I said, no green left behind and I mean it)*
Cheilinus lunulatus (Males have a green/blue colouring)*
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus pylei (Vanuatu variants can be slightly green tinted)
Cirrhilabrus scottorum (One of the most well known green coloured wrasses)*
Cirrhilabrus melanomarginatus (often confused with scottorum)*
Coris cuvieri (Again, it’s a blue/green tint as males but juveniles are a dirty green)*
Coris formosa (IP have a dirty green but males are blue/green)*
Coris gaimard (green base)*
Gomphosus varius (Males are green)*
Gomphosus caeruleus (again, males are green)*
Halichoeres biocellatus (Males are green)
Halichoeres argus (spotted green)
Halichoeres melanurus (another obvious green one)
Halichoeres chlorocephalus (green head)*
Halichoeres leucurus (mostly green with yellow tints)
Halichoeres marginatus (green striped)
Halichoeres vroliki (similar to the Melanurus)
Halichoeres richmondi (similar to the marginatus)
Halichoeres rubricephalus (green with red head)
Halichoeres zeylonicus (very green)*
Macrophayrngodon marisrubri (males are green)
Macropharyngodon bipartitus (males are also green with more pale areas)
Macropharyngodon ornatissimus (These are mainly green throughout their whole life)
Macropharyngodon meleagris (males are greenish)
Pseudojuloides cerasinus (males are green)
Pseudojuloides erythops (males are green)
Xenojulis margaritaceus (they have a green tint as juveniles and then are very green as males)

I’m cutting the list there as it’ll be incredibly long by the time I’ve gone through every genus haha. Some of these are risky in reefs or with other wrasses (I have labelled them with a *).

I’m aware they’re not all in italics and the reason why is… I’m lazy haha.
Definitely not lazy! Thanks! I'm gonna check them all out and see if I can find something I like.
Then the hard part and deciding which Eagle to name it after. Hah!
 

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Yeah, they had a juv. dragon and Formosa that were gorgeous.
@Crabby48 kindly let me know they will get way too large for my tank and will destroy any and all CUC. So they were much easier to say no to. The colors were beautiful though
I have a juvenile Coris Gaimard which I believe is the closest relative to Formosa. I am very excited/hopeful to see it progress through its life stages as it is beautiful throughout.
MIne:
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Hope for:
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Also, for anyone who owns a Chloropterus do you know what the males look like?
I cant find a 100% colour morph of the males, they’re all completely different from eachother. Some are half green, some are white, some are silver with a black splotch, ect. @SaltyT you seem to think they get ugly as adults, have you seen a mature male?
 

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Here’s the list for you!
Halichoeres chloropterus (Duh! I own one, couldn’t forget this beauty)*
Anampses cuvier (As a male, they’re blue/green)
Anampses geographicus (Females are a darker green)
Anampses femininus (Males are greenish from what I remember)
Cheilinus undulatus (I said, no green left behind and I mean it)*
Cheilinus lunulatus (Males have a green/blue colouring)*
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus pylei (Vanuatu variants can be slightly green tinted)
Cirrhilabrus scottorum (One of the most well known green coloured wrasses)*
Cirrhilabrus melanomarginatus (often confused with scottorum)*
Coris cuvieri (Again, it’s a blue/green tint as males but juveniles are a dirty green)*
Coris formosa (IP have a dirty green but males are blue/green)*
Coris gaimard (green base)*
Gomphosus varius (Males are green)*
Gomphosus caeruleus (again, males are green)*
Halichoeres biocellatus (Males are green)
Halichoeres argus (spotted green)
Halichoeres melanurus (another obvious green one)
Halichoeres chlorocephalus (green head)*
Halichoeres leucurus (mostly green with yellow tints)
Halichoeres marginatus (green striped)
Halichoeres vroliki (similar to the Melanurus)
Halichoeres richmondi (similar to the marginatus)
Halichoeres rubricephalus (green with red head)
Halichoeres zeylonicus (very green)*
Macrophayrngodon marisrubri (males are green)
Macropharyngodon bipartitus (males are also green with more pale areas)
Macropharyngodon ornatissimus (These are mainly green throughout their whole life)
Macropharyngodon meleagris (males are greenish)
Pseudojuloides cerasinus (males are green)
Pseudojuloides erythops (males are green)
Xenojulis margaritaceus (they have a green tint as juveniles and then are very green as males)

I’m cutting the list there as it’ll be incredibly long by the time I’ve gone through every genus haha. Some of these are risky in reefs or with other wrasses (I have labelled them with a *).

I’m aware they’re not all in italics and the reason why is… I’m lazy haha.
So far, I'm feeling the Scott's Fairy.
Also works b/c Boston Scott is a great running back!
Jason Kelce is the Captain/Center and my all time fave, but I already have a chicken named Kelce.
I do like the Melanurus. I did make the mistake of adding one, alone, a couple weeks ago. It didn't make it through the night though. I think Goldfinger may have tormented it to death and I found it eaten by my gluttonous BTAs. Would it be too late in the game to add a single wrasse? Would I end up with the same outcome, with all the new additions?
 

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So far, I'm feeling the Scott's Fairy.
Also works b/c Boston Scott is a great running back!
Jason Kelce is the Captain/Center and my all time fave, but I already have a chicken named Kelce.
I do like the Melanurus. I did make the mistake of adding one, alone, a couple weeks ago. It didn't make it through the night though. I think Goldfinger may have tormented it to death and I found it eaten by my gluttonous BTAs. Would it be too late in the game to add a single wrasse? Would I end up with the same outcome, with all the new additions?
Scott's are big and aggressive unfortunately.
 
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Here’s the list for you!
Halichoeres chloropterus (Duh! I own one, couldn’t forget this beauty)*
Anampses cuvier (As a male, they’re blue/green)
Anampses geographicus (Females are a darker green)
Anampses femininus (Males are greenish from what I remember)
Cheilinus undulatus (I said, no green left behind and I mean it)*
Cheilinus lunulatus (Males have a green/blue colouring)*
Cirrhilabrus punctatus
Cirrhilabrus pylei (Vanuatu variants can be slightly green tinted)
Cirrhilabrus scottorum (One of the most well known green coloured wrasses)*
Cirrhilabrus melanomarginatus (often confused with scottorum)*
Coris cuvieri (Again, it’s a blue/green tint as males but juveniles are a dirty green)*
Coris formosa (IP have a dirty green but males are blue/green)*
Coris gaimard (green base)*
Gomphosus varius (Males are green)*
Gomphosus caeruleus (again, males are green)*
Halichoeres biocellatus (Males are green)
Halichoeres argus (spotted green)
Halichoeres melanurus (another obvious green one)
Halichoeres chlorocephalus (green head)*
Halichoeres leucurus (mostly green with yellow tints)
Halichoeres marginatus (green striped)
Halichoeres vroliki (similar to the Melanurus)
Halichoeres richmondi (similar to the marginatus)
Halichoeres rubricephalus (green with red head)
Halichoeres zeylonicus (very green)*
Macrophayrngodon marisrubri (males are green)
Macropharyngodon bipartitus (males are also green with more pale areas)
Macropharyngodon ornatissimus (These are mainly green throughout their whole life)
Macropharyngodon meleagris (males are greenish)
Pseudojuloides cerasinus (males are green)
Pseudojuloides erythops (males are green)
Xenojulis margaritaceus (they have a green tint as juveniles and then are very green as males)

I’m cutting the list there as it’ll be incredibly long by the time I’ve gone through every genus haha. Some of these are risky in reefs or with other wrasses (I have labelled them with a *).

I’m aware they’re not all in italics and the reason why is… I’m lazy haha.
So, here are my favorites.

Halichoeres biocellatus - LFS had a red-lined wrasse last week when I was there, was very small and very red still.
Halichoeres argus - some of these are really pretty.
halichoeres vrolikii - I really love this one! I've always been a fan of pinstripes

I did post a photo of a very mature male leopard they had, was stunning. Not something I could get that mature though.
 

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Also, for anyone who owns a Chloropterus do you know what the males look like?
I cant find a 100% colour morph of the males, they’re all completely different from eachother. Some are half green, some are white, some are silver with a black splotch, ect. @SaltyT you seem to think they get ugly as adults, have you seen a mature male?
Yep, I‘ve seen 2 adult Chloropterus in my clients’ tanks that were big and brownish gray. They were older males and had lost all that green that I’ve seen on young males. Their faces still had the pink stripes though.

edited to add: they also had the dorsal and anal fin stripes, not just the facial stripes.
 
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