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Established H. melanurus and new H. Melasmapomus; stkg., comp.
Hi there! I have a long time established 4 foot long 80 gallon reef tank....I
have an established male Halichoeres melanurus, he is about 3 inches. I was
wondering if I could add a Halichoeres melasmapomus?
<Mmm; maybe. The genus does mix in the wild, but... a 4 foot long world of
eighty gallons isn't much space; room to move>
Would there be aggression issues from the melanurus?
<Possibly; I'd go w/ one decidedly larger or smaller if trying this>
Would this size tank work for the melasmapomus? My long time residents include
all Wrasses. One
pair of Macropharyngodon bipartitus, a pair of Macropharyngodon meleagris, and a
Macropharyngodon moyeri. Thanks so much for your help! You are all great! I am
also a huge fan of Mr. Fenner! I have most of his books!!
<Am a huge fan of Labrids as well Steph... As long as you have space to separate
them should there be overt trouble, I'd likely go ahead w/ this mix; OR add one
or more female/initial phase H. melanurus! Bob Fenner>
Re: Established H. Melanurus and new H. Melasmapomus
Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly! I also have another thought.
My LFS just called me to say he got in another M. Moyeri.
Instead of trying the H. Melasmapomus, do you think I might be able to pair my
current M. Moyeri? Thanks again!
<I do give better odds w/ this Leopard Wrasse choice. BobF>
Re: Established H. Melanurus and new H. Melasmapomus
Sounds great! Thank you so much! Do you think a Labrids book might be in
the works from you???
<Oh Steph! I have maybe a third of the pix I'd like to show/use. Am sure friends
in the field would lend me theirs for publication... You do have the works by
Rudie Kuiter, Helmut Debelius, Scott Michael?
Are you a Facebook user? Do ask Lemon Tyk to become a friend; and you'll
encounter other wrasse investigators.>
I have both editions of your Conscientious Marine
Aquarist book. They have helped me for years! ��
<Ahh! Are you a dive traveler? Friend me on FB as well, and I'll add you to the
FB Scuba Diving Friends page and what it has to offer. Cheers, BobF>
Re: Established H. melanurus and new H. Melasmapomus 9/14/18
Hi!! Yes the Wrasse book I have the Scott Michael one! Very informative!
Yes we are avid divers.....we are going to Cozumel in a few weeks!
<Oh! A fave dive island. DO check out (and book if you haven't made reservations
as yet) Iberostar (a resort to the south near the best diving); and the onsite
dive service: Dressel Divers. Have stayed, used them several times. Very nice
wait! Years ago before I had a reef tank, we were on a dive trip to Cozumel and
saw blue headed Wrasses! They were so friendly and not afraid of us. I was in
love with Wrasses after that.
My highlight last year was seeing Caribbean Reef Squid. My husband has gotten
pretty good at taking
video and pictures under water.
<A fun skill for sure>
So we have pictures framed all over the house....he he! I will for sure go onto
Facebook! I would love to get your Wrasse book! If you need pictures of blue
headed Wrasses I have plenty of those! LOL!
Re: Established H. Melanurus and new H. Melasmapomus 9/14/18
Thanks for that info! I know of the Iberostar on Cozumel! I haven't booked a
hotel yet! I am checking them out now, and it looks like they have rooms
<The whole co. is a great value IMO/E; have stayed w/ their newer property in
PV, Playa Mita as well. NOT a lot of diving possibilities there though. WOULD
like to find someone/folks who want to haul out to one of their Cuba prop.s. Oh,
do check the price on CheapCaribbean.com as well as direct>
The first time I was in Mexico, and the first time I saw the ocean was in 1986.
I was 12 years old. We flew into Cancun and then drove to Akamul, we spent 10
days there at this mom and pop hotel right on the beach, the rooms were right on
<Ah yes; have done the drive all the way down to Chetumal; VERY nice still, but
not a fan of the build up that is Playa (del Carmen)>
No pool, no TV, no AC. I loved it! Swam with Sea Turtles, snorkeled in unspoiled
lagoons, it was great. I loved the culture, the people, and the ocean there. I
have been going back almost every year. Thanks for taking the time to help me
and give me excellent information about the Iberostar on Cozumel!
<Very glad to share w/ you. BobF>
Panicky canary wrasse following copper treatment
Hello WWM Crew,
Thank you for running such a helpful site. I have searched quite a bit and
cannot find a link which relates to the issue I’m dealing with. I would be
grateful for some advice concerning the behaviour of my canary wrasse who is now
acting as if suffering from PTSD after 20 months year of bliss.
From Sept – Dec 2015, I ran my DT fallow and treated 3 fish (1 canary wrasse,
paired Ocellaris clownfish) with Cuprazin
<Ooh; Labrids/Wrasses, and quite a few other fish families really suffer for
copper exposure... stop eating...>
for 2 weeks in a HT where they lived for 80 days. I learned the hard way that a
QT is necessary: a Molly Miller blenny brought Ich to my DT, rapidly died, and
my coral beauty also died. This will never happen again. Of my paired Ocellaris
Clownfish, the male though appearing stronger than the female, died on day 4 of
copper treatment. The female clownfish is doing well, but my canary wrasse’s
panic attacks scare her a bit.
<Panic? Wrasses are given to spontaneous... erratic bursts of swimming at times;
even/including in the wild>
DT is a Red Sea Max 130D tank (130 litres) I have had for over 2 years. 20-30%
water changes are done weekly, water parameters are sound. The survivors, my
female clownfish and Saffron, the canary wrasse, are back in the DT since end of
December 2015. It was very difficult to move Saffron to the HT and only once
buried could he be moved with sand after I tried netting him for hours. Has
remained scared of me since (understandably), so I stay out of his sight as much
as possible and feed from a faraway corner.
My concern is that he is prone to panic attacks and will dart around to bury
<Mmm/ what they do... >
This has caused him last week to hit the top of the aquarium and amazingly for a
4” fish, fall into the refugium from which I had to net him which was easy as
there was nowhere for him to go and put him back in the DT. He has come out of
this physically intact though has since managed to injure his tail (a cut in the
middle) most likely against rocks in another one of those panics when I forgot
to cover the tank the day house cleaners came by. I am concerned he will
eventually kill himself through injuries no matter how careful I am. I feel he
will do best in the DT with optimal diet and vitamins. Last thing I want to do
is move him again. I understand fish can come out of copper treatment slightly
different which he sure is.
He was and remains a fantastic fish and I feel terrible for him being so
stressed. Is there anything else I can do to help?
<One thing that comes to mind is to add another one or two of this Halichoeres
species. Turns out it is a social animal... I'd add more; which should result in
calming the present one down; prompting all to be out and about much more>
Many thanks for your advice.
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>
RE: Panicky canary wrasse following copper treatment
<Just Bob please; I have no doctorate>
I truly appreciate your replies, thank you so much. Saffron still eats
voraciously and never stopped even in copper which he seemed to tolerate, but it
has changed his personality from bold to suspicious/scared when humans stand
near the tank. It’s evident transfers from DT to HT and back are fresh to his
memory. He was like any other wrasse before, as you described, the odd mad
sprint. Now definitely jumpier.
I’m sorry to trouble you for a few more details re. your comment about
sociability of wrasses. So true, he loved his pal the coral beauty. My QT is
ready. Are there species of Halichoeres you would recommend as a good match for
an adult canary wrasse?
<Most all; but conspecifics (the same species) are best>
Or do you mean I should look at 1-2 juvenile canary wrasses (probably 1 as my
tank is only 130 litres)?
<Yes; likely just one more in this volume>
I’ve read they can be competitive with another similarly coloured wrasse. Is it
an issue to have 2 sand-dwellers in one tank?
<Not a problem here w/ H. chrysus>
Leopard wrasses appeal but the last thing I want to do is get this wrong.
<Macropharyngodon spp.? Not hardy. See WWM Re>
My female clownfish seems content. In such a scenario where the male died, would
one look to offer a new companion or best to leave her be?
<Either way... up to you>
Last question I promise, their ‘body clock’ has changed since treatment, 2 less
hours of activity each, 18:00 bedtime instead of 20:00. Light in the HT unnerved
the wrasse so I let natural light dictate. Ongoing recovery from copper
treatment or something summer will help?
<Time going by>
Again, thank you. We want Saffron to be serene once more.
RE: Panicky canary wrasse following copper treatment
Bob, thank you again so much. You’ve put my mind at rest. We will provide
another Halichoeres asap. WWM’s is such a great resource.
<Welcome Soph! B>
Wrasses. Mixing Halichoeres
I'm looking for some help. I would like to put a radiant wrasse with a
Christmas wrasse in a Red Sea max 250. Would this be possible?
<If both were started small (3-4 inches overall length), as initial
phase specimens; I'd give good odds of them getting along in this
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>
Thanks for the quick reply! Would you buy them together? Or which one
would you put in first? It's a reef tank I'm planning on keeping them in
<I'd get and introduce at the same time if possible, practical. If not,
either species a bit larger or decidedly smaller (more than an inch)
after the other. BobF>
One more question I know that these wrasses like a deep sand bed.
<Mmm; not so much this genus (Halichoeres)>
I'm planning on adding more sand to my tank. The only problem is my tank
has been running for over a year. Would this cause a problem?
<Not if done "right". Please read here:
and the linked files above>
Wrasse compatibility... Halichoeres... stkg./sel. 1/25/14
Good morning crew,
Just a quick couple of questions. I have a 68 gallon
reef tank with the following fish; one ocellaris clown, one
percula clown, one Firefish and one Lubbock's fairy wrasse (Cirrhilabrus
lubbocki - male). The clowns have paired up and the percula is pregnant
despite the different species. I am assuming because both were
aquacultured from the same breeder locally. I recently began a battle
with both Montipora and Zoanthid eating Nudibranchs and my LFS advised
me to get a melanurus wrasse (Halichoeres melanurus) to help eradicate
them. They have both male and female of the species in stock.
<... as with all Labrids; females become males>
My questions are will this fish add too much to my bioload?
<Possibly there may be some issues w/ your present fishes>
Will the two wrasses possibly get along and if so would it matter if I
get the male or the female?
<Only one specimen for this size/shape system>
Lastly will the melanurus actually eat the Nudibranchs or is it not a
normal thing for them?
<Search, read on WWM re. Will eat other items first>
I have seen that they can be good for flatworm infestations. Thanks for
all of your hard work with the
website. You all have saved me from making many mistakes and educated me
as to why some of my choices before finding you were mistakes. Rob.
<Read on... Bob Fenner>
Mixing Halichoeres melanurus with Pseudocheilinus ocellatus
in moderate confines 12/9/12
I contacted you guys awhile back when I had issues with a six
line wrasse and wanted to substitute it with a melanurus wrasse.
<A much easier-going genus of Labrids>
I have since done so and fallen in love with him (despite not being so
kind to my clean up crew). The other day I saw my first Mystery Wrasse
in person (I'm sure you can see where this is going) and wanted to know
if mixing the two is feasible?
<Mmm, well, better than the Sixline, but still not easy... unless the
system is very large; which yours isn't>
I've rotated out a lot of stock with fellow reefers as issues arose but
would rather not risk something foolish at the price of a mystery
Plus, if I actually had to choose between the two it would be a
difficult choice. I'd rather not put myself in that position either.
Also, what kind of clean up crew do you think best works with a resident
melanurus? All pertinent information to follow:
Tank: 60"X 22"X 20"
1 yellow tang
1 O. clownfish
1 Flame Angel
1 Longnose Hawk
1 yellow tail damsel
1 beautiful melanurus
Hopefully I am not committing the crime of overstocking either!
<I'd not try another Pseudocheilinus here. Bob Fenner>
Good Morning, Bob and Crew at WWM!
<And you Jamie>
Hope that all is well with everyone.
<Is w/ me, thanks>
Well, my little Vrolik's wrasse did not make it. He was in
quarantine with a right pectoral fin injury and I think he had
collection type issues as the injury never developed to anything that
looked "infectious" and he died in four days after receiving
This set back had made me re-evaluate my stocking plans and THINK about
what I am in fact trying to accomplish.
My tank is a 225 gallon reef with a 30 gallon sump plus 14 gallon
refugium with Chaetomorpha and 3 inch sand bed (could be deeper).
Corals are mostly softies, 2 clams, and fishy friends are: 7"
Atlantic Blue Tang, 5" Emperor,
4" Powder Blue Tang, 4" Kole Eye Tang, pair of Percula Clowns
(laying eggs regularly), 2" Coral Beauty Angel, 2" Flame
Hawk, 4" Starry Blenny and a very LUCKY Cleaner wrasse whom
I've had for the past 2+ years...(Lucky because he happens to eat
everything and I count my blessing on him because
I've learned that they have a HORRIBLE survival rate...I got him
before I LEARNED that fact which is something I do NOT do anymore).
I would love to have some wrasses, which leads to this question. After
reading and reading and learning about the different species of
wrasses, I'm thinking that the Halichoeres species should do better
in my setting because of their larger size 4 - 6 inches, peaceable
nature, able to tolerate other Halichoeres better, and appears more
calm/confident as they cruse the tank.
Can I add ONE or can I add a small harem of Three?
I would be happy with one, but I LOVE to watch the interaction amongst
the fishes, so three would be lovely. I was planning on Halichoeres
vroliki, Halichoeres iridis, and a Halichoeres biocellatus. Or three of
any one of them?
<In this setting, you could go any of these routes>
Do you think they would fair well with the description of my
<Yes I do>
I would describe my tank as fairly peaceable, the only conflicts
observed are the Atlantic Blue chasing the Kole Eye because with the
exception of color, their shape is extremely similar. The Kole Eye is
very well adjusted and just swims away and goes about his business. The
other conflict is between the Emperor and the Atlantic Blue, just lots
of "honk honk"s.
<Thus far; and likely into the future for quite some time>
Thank you for taking a "personal" look at my situation!
For Bob, YES, these are the same fishes I've had since a few years
ago I was writing you while trying to eradicate a very very bad case of
Crypt infection! Thanks to you expertise and support, they are happy
and healthy with me.
<Ah, good. Bob Fenner>
Re: Halichoeres stocking question... 10/05/11
I will see what I can gather to introduce together. Most likely, I will
go with three different Halichoeres as I could potentially end up with
two males and then there is a chance of them dueling to the death!
<Some men... Cheers Jamie. B>
ornatissimus sel., comp. 4/9/08 Hi Bob, <Peggy>
Researching the Halichoeres ornatissimus regarding its reef
compatibility. I'm finding conflicting information amongst my
sources. Some say it will feed on feather dusters, small clams, etc.,
while others claim it is reef-safe and will not bother inverts, etc.,
other than the usual unwanted fare of excessive bristleworms,
flatworms, Pyramidellids, etc. I have a beauty (pics attached) that I
house in a 75-gallon fish only with a nice deep sandbed, and he does
great, but I want to be certain of his potential before risking him to
an unsuspecting reefer who has lots to lose if he decides he has a
hankerin for a clam, etc.! Would you care to opine? Many thanks. Peggy
<I would... I give this my (bark bark!) seal of approval as being
way to the right side of being "reef safe" as far as marine
fishes, particularly wrasses goes... H. ornatissimus stays small....
Oh, a bit re here: http://wetwebmedia.com/halichoeresbestart.htm
Halichoeres rubricephalus Wrasse Tragedy- Unethical Collection
Practices Take a Toll... 12/5/07 Hello Scott, <Hello
again, my friend!> Sorry for the late reply, it is because the
internet connection here was down for weeks. <Ughhh! I can't
imagine how frustrating that must have been!> The Redheaded Wrasse
was a magnificent fish, beautiful in every way. <Oh, no!
"Was" sounds like past tense!> I had it for a week but
mostly the fish was hiding. He was a shy one, and he only came out when
I feed him. <Not surprising, many Halichoeres do live a rather
cryptic lifestyle, and this species is apparently no exception!> He
ate well, I gave him chopped squid and shrimps. This fish did not nip
on any of my corals and wasn't aggressive toward other fishes. He
looked healthy and I was very exciting to have him. <I can imagine!
What a great fish to have!> Unfortunately, he died unexpectedly.
<I'm really sorry to hear that.> I suspected it was because
cyanide. Sad to say, but I found out that in Indonesia most fishes were
captured this way. <Unfortunately, the practice is still common in
some parts of the world. Fishes like this Wrasse, which do tend to live
a cryptic lifestyle, are sometimes flushed from their hiding places
with chemicals, often with tragic results, as you experienced. And
there is also the added "collateral damage" to the reefs as a
result of chemical use during collection. Fishes damaged by cyanide
will often eat and then die shortly after their first feedings, so
yours may indeed have been exposed to cyanide or other chemicals. It is
important to let your dealer know that you felt that the fish died
because of chemical exposure during collection. If enough consumers
communicate these types of experiences to retailers, and the retailers
relay this to the wholesalers, there will eventually be no market
support for collectors who employ these practices. Of course, don't
forget to quarantine all new arrivals for other possible problems, such
as parasitic and bacterial infections. It's an important practice
which everyone should employ. Sometimes, you can catch and treat
potential maladies before they take down the fish or its tankmates.>
I hope I will be able to find this beautiful healthy creature in in the
near future. Anyways, thank you for helping me to identify this fish. I
really appreciate it. Sincerely, Ferdinand. <Glad to be of
assistance, Ferdinand. Here's to hoping that you are able to obtain
a healthy, net-caught specimen in the near future! Regards, Scott
Any Wrasses Less Likely To Jump? 07/19/07
Hello. <<Hi Pam!>> Are any wrasses less likely to jump than
others? <<Most all the small ornamental species offered/used in
the trade have varying tendencies re.. in my experience>> I have
an open tank, and I know most wrasses are jumpers, but I thought if
they were put in with all peaceful fish, that they may not jump.
<<This does help, but it is not just the other fishes that
can/will cause a wrasse (any jumper species) to head for the open air.
At one time I had a couple small groups of Flasher Wrasse species that
would go nuts if the lights on the tank were to suddenly black out as
from a power surge/outage...sounded like pinballs pinging around in the
light hood!>> I have an Elos tank, and don't want to cover it
with Eggcrate or screen. <<Neat!...and understood>> The
beauty of the tank, is that it's rimless and open.
<<Yes...very nice>> My fish are all very peaceful. Right
now I have a Pygmy Possum Wrasse, a Purple Firefish and a Tailspot
Blenny. I really wanted to add a Laboutei, but don't want to be
irresponsible if it's definitely going to leap out of the tank and
die. <<VERY likely with this species...and is the same pretty
much with all the Flasher and Fairy Wrasse species. I have experienced,
as well as very often hear of these fishes demise from leaping out an
uncovered system>> I know Firefish can be jumpers, but my
Firefish never goes beyond the bottom half of the tank, and if he gets
spooked, he dives into the rock...never up. I have two good size caves
in my rock and lots of crevices and swim-throughs. <<All good,
though many of the wrasses tend to be more active in the upper-third of
the water column>> So..... should I definitely nix the idea of
the Laboutei? <<Logic would seem to dictate this...>> Are
any other bright wrasses less likely to jump? <<Still no
guarantee it wont end up on the floor, but the smaller Halichoeres
species are quite colorful and would be less likely than the Laboutei
to sail out of your tank...in my opinion. H. Chrysus is a premier
aquarium species...and if you want something a bit less monochromatic,
take a look at H. ornatissimus>> Thank you! Pam <<Regards,
Re: Any Wrasses Less Likely To Jump? -
07/20/07 Thanks Eric. <<Quite welcome, Pam>> Ok,
I'll take your advice and keep away from the Mystery Wrasses.
<<I think you mean Flasher/Fairy Wrasses?...Probably for the
best>> I took a look at the two wrasses you mentioned.
<<Okay?>> I really like the ornatissimus. <<A
gorgeous fish indeed>> I also was looking at the Five-barred
Mystery Wrasse. <<Another beauty...love that expression>>
That's one of the only wrasses that LiveAquaria doesn't mention
as a jumper. <<Am in disagreement>> Do you know if they are
jumpers or not? <<I have known them to jump, yes...though
possibly less prone than the previous mentioned species due to their
tendency to stay/hide lower in the water column. And please do
understand, I have seen Halichoeres spp jump as well...I just think
these are the better gamble re >> Thanks, Pam <<Happy to
assist. Eric Russell>>
|Halichoeres melanurus and Pyramidellid
snails 11/15/06 Hello crew, <Brandon> I have
recently noticed that there are many Pyramidellid looking snails
attached to the bottoms of my Astrea snails. <Sure looks like
it> I've been thinking of getting a clam once I decide on
type and find one I am content with but this is an obvious setback
in the plan. <Oh yes> I saw where a Halichoeres melanurus
(Hoeven's wrasse) was recommended to consume these pests but
have looked at some sites that say it is not a reef safe fish.
<Is toward that end of the scale... I'd say/state
"largely reef-safe"... how 'bout that?> What is
your experience with the fish in the reef setting? There's also
a picture attached that I took a few minutes ago. Thank you and
have an excellent day. Brandon <The smaller Halichoeres species
(there's a bunch!) are relatively peaceful, non-injurious to
cnidarians, other sessile invertebrates too small to be eaten
whole. Bob Fenner>
Stocking A Super Reef Tank (Cont'.) Hi Scott, I'm so
excited! Today I added 3 Canary Wrasses to the tank.
<Awesome! Great fish that can really add some color, personality,
and excitement to a tank!> The LFS ordered them in. All
ate at the store and were swimming out in the
open. Apparently 3 more were hiding in the
sand. I brought the outgoing ones home, gave them a 5 minute
fresh water dip and put them into the tank. The dip is good procedure,
but do try quarantine next time...> To my surprise, they all simply
started swimming in the water column. They never hid in the
sand or the rocks. So far, 5 hours later, none of the fish
seems bothered by the change. The new wrasses are eating off
the rock and ate some homemade fish food. <Great to
hear. They really are a pretty perfect reef fish. At night, they may
bury themselves in the substrate for protection, but they will
typically remain out in the open all day.> They're a beautiful
addition and seem very gentle. It was the perfect
suggestion. <I'm really glad you like them! They'll just
become more and more attractive and outgoing as they settle in.>
Thank you! Next fish is a Lyretail Anthias when a nice one
shows up at the LFS. Nancy <Keep me posted, Nancy! Good
luck! Regards, Scott F.>
Has This Wrasse Passed? - 12/12/05 Hello all:
<<Howdy>> Happy Holidays to the scholars of the deep!
<<Mmm, more like "students"...but thank you.>>
One week ago, I acquired a H. hortulanus and introduced it into the
display tank after performing the precautionary acclimation procedures.
<<No quarantine eh...>> The lights were turned off upon
introduction. The wrasse immediately swam to one of my live
rock stacks and has not appeared since. <<Not atypical
behavior.>> I realize that these wrasses bury themselves in the
substrate, but I would think that I would have seen it after one week.
<<One might think so, but I have a Macropharyngodon meleagris
that has stayed buried/out of sight for more than a week at a time on
more than one occasion...only to pop up again and resume
browsing/hunting as normal.>> I was discussing this with a fellow
aquarist and he volunteered the following hypothesis that he had read
in some periodical. The theory is that since these wrasses
bury themselves so deeply within the substrate, they penetrate into the
anaerobic portion and consequently are consumed by the bacteria and/or
waste materials in the substrate. <<Um...if this were true, would
they not be extinct in the wild? Do you not think there are
anaerobic bacteria on/in a reef/the reef floor? I don't
think is your issue.>> I would appreciate your feedback, as if
this is the case, then my days of purchasing Halichoeres wrasses are
over. Thanks, Mitch <<Fear not Mitch, the Halichoeres
genus are quite hardy (and personable) for the most part. If
the wrasse was not doomed from the start (poor
collection/transport/handling) then it could pop up
soon. Though do be aware, your specimen will grow to be a
bruiser at 12 inches. Regards, EricR>>
Question about Halichoeres wrasses I have a
well-established h. ornatissimus in a 180 gallon reef. Can another
Halichoeres sp. be added to the same tank? Specifically, I
am looking at a H. iridis. Thanks for your time Brian
Daniell <Yes, and thanks for writing. This speciose genus of
Wrasses are often found in "more than one" associations in
the wild... And Halichoeres iridis is one of the smaller, more gentle
(some of the larger members of the genus get too big, rambunctious) to
associate with the "Christmas Wrasse" (what a family, there
are three "other" official Xmas Labrids!). Pix and more on
the genus et al. stored on the site: www.wetwebmedia.com Bob
Re: Wrasses Thanks for the pointers. I looked at your site
and then FFExpress. They have a H. Iridis for sale. Is this a difficult
species to keep? It looks really neat and only gets 4 and a half inches
long. Thanks again, Everett <Not a difficult species... and very
beautiful and peaceful. I give the big double thumbs up to Halichoeres
iridis. Bob Fenner>
Reef Wrasses Anthony, <yes.....> You will be pleased to
know that I have swapped the Coris for a nice little canary
wrasse. <if we are talking about Halichoeres chrysus, then I
am quite happy for you!> I did try to talk myself into the
Coris but your comment re killing corals slowly did it for me.
<alas... a beautiful fish, but not suited for a reef tank> Thanks
again! <always welcome! Kindly, Anthony>
Halichoeres chrysus Yellow "Coris" wrasse (although
not really a Coris sp) Yes, a newly introduced Halichoeres chrysus,
another beautiful wrasse but hopefully reef friendly and not so
boisterous! I will still be keeping an eye on him but so far (2 hours)
the Kole I have is giving him a hard time not the other way around.
<indeed they are very peaceful/passive> On another question I
sent a few days ago, my Lobophytum "skirted", came out better
than ever and now has disappeared (polyp-wise) for a few days, 3 or 4 .
Relocation? Or still a growth spurt as you advised back then? <when
going through fast growth spurts they cycle like this often. I cannot
say for certain without seeing it though. Have faith if its polyps
reliably return after just a few days and look very well> Thanks,
Jordon, PS I am keeping your advise re the 300 gallon for support when
the time comes, as I strongly suspect it will!! <excellent, best
Halichoeres chrysus Hello WWM Crew! <Hi Tracy> I have
perhaps a simple question. I have had two saltwater tanks for about 8
months. And so far I consider myself very fortunate and have had very
little loss. I had a Sebae anemone die. I do not do the proper research
before I purchased it. <Too common> At the LFS it was white
and unattached. It did not last long. Since then I try and do as much
research on a species before I every purchase it. I have a Halichoeres
chrysus (Yellow Wrasse) in my tank. I have had it for about 8 weeks. It
is doing great, I do not seem to have any problems with it. Recently
when I was researching species compatibilities, I saw one of the
on-line suppliers list the Halichoeres chrysus as "expert
only". <What? I disagree... this is likely the hardiest
of wrasses of the genus (a Halichoeres as you state, though the most
common name is "Yellow Coris")> I have had good fortune
and I try to take proper care of my tanks, I am far from an expert.
More like a novice. What are the difficulties or concerns associated
with the Halichoeres chrysus ? Thanks <Little and none. Please read
here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/halichoeres.htm and the Linked FAQs.