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Sixline Wrasse Pair     1/6/17
Hope your having a good night Bob.
<Hi Jason... This is Gabe>
I have a few questions for you tonight involving a pair of Sixline wrasse I have in my 40G breeder tank. When I bought them they were in the same tank and I watched them for about 20 minutes and saw zero chasing nor any aggression between them and decided to buy them hoping they might be a bonded pair.
<Possibly a bonded pair. Did you talk to the people at the LFS? They may be able to confirm this>
The larger one is about 2 1/2-3 inches and the smaller one about 1 1/2-2 inches and they have been in there together for about 3 weeks. There still is no aggression nor any chasing and they often swim near each other.
<Sounds good>
The both eat well and pick thru the live rock. In the tank with them is a fat 3 inch Singapore Angel that will get moved in the next few months,
<This angelfish will need to be moved as soon as you can. Singapore Angels should be in tanks of 120 gallons or larger
a tuxedo urchin,
<Be aware that Sixlines enjoy picking at Urchins. It is one of their favorite live foods>

two large peppermint shrimp, some Xenia, some mushrooms, Tongue coral, and some Duncan's. There is also zero aggression between the wrasses and the Angel.
<This is good, but the angel will still need to be moved regardless of how happy it is now.>
Do you think they may be a pair and stay relatively peaceful towards one another or do you think they will eventually fight with one another?
<I can't honestly say for sure. I have personally kept pairs of Sixlines in the past but only because I can confirm with the wholesaler that they are a pair. Only time will tell. If you do notice any aggression at all, you should move one of them.>
Do you think removing the Angel could change the dynamics between the wrasses?
<It could, but I don't think it is likely>
After removing the Angel I would like to add something else but don't want to chance changing the dynamics between the two Sixlines, any thoughts?
<It is up to you. You can pick and choose specimens that you want, and experiment with what works and what doesn't>
I have a juvenile red Coris wrasse around 2 1/2 inches
<Not reef safe or invert safe. They will eat your corals and the peppermint shrimp>

and a 2 1/2 inch Ctenochaetus binotatus in separate quarantine tanks right now.
<The tang could work with the wrasses>
Do you think the Singapore Angel, juvenile red Coris wrasse, and Ctenochaetus binotatus would be ok together in a 55G until I set up the 6ft 135G I have in the garage or should I leave in quarantine until the 135G is setup which might take up to 6 months from now?
<I see now... You weren't planning on putting the Coris wrasse in the 40 gallon. My bad. If you think it is going to take you six months to set up the tank, I would definitely leave the two in quarantine. It would be better for them both>
Thanks in advance for any and all help and advice. I really appreciate the hard work you and your team do to keep this website up and running with the valuable information it contains. Have a great night! Jason
<Thanks for using WetWeb, Jason. Feel free to contact us again if you have any further questions. Cheers, Gabe>
Re: Sixline Wrasse Pair    1/7/17

Thanks for the reply Gabe!
<My pleasure, Jason>
I really do enjoy reading the website and learning, just ask my wife.
<Haha! I believe you>
You are correct that is was never my intention to put the Red Coris in the 40 due to their eventual size and the fact they would eat what I have in the tank.
<Glad to hear it. The Coris would've demolished everything it could>
Based off of your comment about the tang do you think it would be ok in the 40 at least till I make room in one of my 75g if not long term, I know 40 is small when it comes to tangs.
<The tang should be in a 75 or larger as you already know. It really depends on how long it will take to get the 75 gallon ready. How big is the QT tank that it is currently in?>
I can't really move the Singapore right now as it was originally intended for the 75g till the 135 could be setup but the Powder Blue Tang that is in there didn't take too kindly to his presence which isn't unexpected and I'm not sure the Singapore is big enough at 3 inches for the 5-6 inch Rhinopias that is in my other 75G.
<You really need to find a tank for the angel. You might have to move some other things around to find it a home.>
I know some of the animals I have are in too small of a tank but IME they should be fine in the short term and took advantage of acquiring healthy individuals.
<It pains me to admit it, but I have kept large fish in small tanks as well. It really depends on the health of the fish, how happy it is and how it behaves in the tank. Some species do better than others in small(er) tanks.>
Thanks again! Jason
<The pleasure is all mine, Jason. Write us any time you need help, and let me know if you have any further questions. Cheers, Gabe>

Mystery Wrasse Bob <Hi Ian> I have a question for you. I was told that female mystery wrasses (Pseudocheilinus ocellatus) don't change to males. I thought that most wrasses were hermaphrodites. Is this true? <As far as I know yes> And I have never seen the mystery wrasses labeled as male or female. Is there a price difference? <Don't know, but may be that all sold are actually (better looking) males> I was told today by the owner of my LFS that he has seen plenty of "female" Pseudocheilinus ocellatus at the wholesaler(s) in Tampa. And they were only 50-60$ while the "males" were around 200-300$ and that all of them were from Vanuatu. I thought these species came from the Marshall Islands exclusively.  <Mmm, no western Central Pacific en toto> And the other tidbit of advice that he gave me was that the females will not change to males unless many are housed together. I thought if you keep one specimen by itself that it turns to male coloration. <Much more likely to do so with the company of other females> I don't even know that male and female Pseudocheilinus ocellatus look different. Can you please help me. I want this fish, and there absolutely NO information anywhere about it and I don't purchase ANYTHING without knowing as much information as I can get about it. Thanks IanB p.s. does anyone in the crew have a mystery wrasse? thanks again <Actually, at least Jason Chodakowski does. Am sending your mail to him. Be chatting. Bob Fenner>

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