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Old 05-23-2011, 11:50 AM   #731
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Ya... I wouldn't get tangs without some kind of active cleaner... I had a Coral Banded Shrimp, and they are known to clean some times but not always... I got 3 cleaners with my 5 tangs and at one point I saw the two that arrived alive set up their own "cleaning station" and the tangs went there quite a bit in the first two days... but I never "saw" any signs of Ich.
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #732
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Hmm I'm glad I just read this, never even thought of it! Our achilles is still fighting with ich and I know quaranteeing would kill him since he is such a jittery fish. A cleaner wrasse might just help him fight it off.
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I have read that cleaner wrasse have a very short life span and aren't really suited to aquarium life. I was looking into 1 for my tank as well. If anyone has had luck keeping them alive, I would love to hear.
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:30 PM   #734
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Yah I've heard/experienced that as well. We had one a long time ago and if I remember correctly we couldn't get him eating regular foods. It's worth a shot if he helps out my achilles though.
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Old 05-23-2011, 05:40 PM   #735
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I have a school of yellow wrasses, they will do a bit of fish cleaning, but nothing like a cleaner shrimp. My tank is loaded with filter feeders and I haven't seen ICH in many years.
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:03 PM   #736
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Yah I'd really like the try the cleaner shrimp instead of the cleaner wrasse but we have a coris wrasse and I think he would eat the shrimp, I've never tried to put any in though.
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Yah I'd really like the try the cleaner shrimp instead of the cleaner wrasse but we have a coris wrasse and I think he would eat the shrimp, I've never tried to put any in though.
Yellow coris or red coris. I've read the yellow are more reef safe. Mine hasn't bugged anything yet. Then again he's still pretty small.
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:48 PM   #738
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When I asked my LFS about the cleaner wrasse and tangs, 2+ tangs is usually needed since they mostly eat parasites. Its very hard to get a cleaner wrasse to eat other food
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:11 AM   #739
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I have had my cleaner wasse since November. Eats ich, algae sheets(I think), misis shrimp. For a while when my powder blue was having fun with ich he even had bit of a gut on him.
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That's good to hear because I really like them. I had one years ago, but he only lived for about a year. I have a small school of yellow wrasses and would like to add a cleaner. Do wrasses like to fight? My little wrasse school gets along with everyone on my reef so far.
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