You have an eye for wrasses! The wrasses you picked can be kept together, the exception being the Mystery wrasse.
Mystery: doesn't play well with other wrasses as it matures, there are exceptions, but generally they take a disliking to other wrasses over time. Best to avoid this guy - catching one in a SPS tank can be a nightmare.
Vrolik's: the pic on LA is an exceptional specimen. Most Vrolik's look like a Melanurus with a different tail pattern. If you can source a Vrolik they are just as good as a Mel at pest control. Nice choice!
Labout's: another nice choice! Peaceful, but if you decide to add another fairy wrasse later down the road he may give it trouble.
Ornate: one of the hardier leopards. Can be kept in pairs or groups.
Blue Star: one of the hardier leopards. Does well in pairs or groups. This is the one species of leopard that is likely to transition to male over time; the LA pic is a male.
Really nice choices!
Mixing fairy wrasses can be tricky. Some can be complete buttheads and some can be timid. Labout's are peaceful until it becomes a mature male then he can be pushy or even a jerk to other fairies. It's best to not let a Labout's be the only fairy wrasse for an extended period then try to add another fairy, that's when they can switch to jerk mode.Thank you very very much for sharing your knowledge! Greatly appreciated.
That’s a shame about the Mystery but good news about the others.
In general do the Fairy wrasses not get along with other fairies or is it just the Labout?
What about the flashers? Do they need a bigger tank?
Two others that I’m interested in are the yellow and the radiant. Thoughts on those?
More fantastic infoMixing fairy wrasses can be tricky. Some can be complete buttheads and some can be timid. Labout's are peaceful until it becomes a mature male then he can be pushy or even a jerk to other fairies. It's best to not let a Labout's be the only fairy wrasse for an extended period then try to add another fairy, that's when they can switch to jerk mode.
Flashers don't do well in low tanks. They tend to bang off the lid of low tanks too much because they're not used to having the surface so close since they come from deeper waters.
Radiants are one of my favorites! Awesome wrasse, but they are very poor shippers so try to pick one up locally. Yellow canary wrasses are awesome too. Exact same behavior as a Radiant (they are sister species) but they ship much better.
Sounds like a great plan! My last piece of advice is only get 1 Radiant and 1 Canary don’t get 2 of each as they will fight. I can’t wait to this tank up and running with all these wrasses! Wicked coolMore fantastic info
I think I know what I’m going to go for!
2 leopards, either the ornate or blue star, depending on availability…I’d be happy with either.
1 Labouts , can be the sole fairy.
1 Vrolik or Melanarus depending on availability
2 Radiant or 2 Canary or 1 of each depending on availability again.
Im also planning to move my yellow banded possum into this tank unless that’s a bad idea?
Ill be getting them all from Candy Corals, a trusted source, so I won’t have to deal with shipping. I better get in there and tell him what I want!
Is there a best order of introduction to the tank?
Thanks again you rock!!