Originally Posted by Minkota
+1 Cleaner Shrimp
It's my understanding that the Wrasse only eats parasites. So, once it has consumed the parasites in the tank, it will starve to death.
If you like the look, the Neon Goby looks almost identical to the Cleaner Wrasse. I have heard the Neon Goby eats parasites as well but I am not sure.
I've kept a cleaner wrasse for over 4 years. Now, having said that, I agree. Cleaner shrimp are a much better choice. It was insanely difficult to keep the wrasse eating during the first few months. Constantly hatching live brine shrimp, transferring him slowly over to frozen by getting him to eat live shrimp from my hand and slowly mixing in the frozen, soaking all his food in fish vitamins, then ultimately getting him to eat prepared foods soaked in vitamins and STILL having to feed him multiple times a day.
I know what it takes to give cleaner wrasses a chance at acclimating to a tank. It was the best, coolest, and friendliest fish I've ever had, but from now on, it's cleaner shrimp for me. They're a much better option. Infinitely better... and still way cool.