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Old 04-09-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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Cleaner Wrasse

I can see the allure of these guys. My LFS has one. I can't find a pic of him anywhere, but he is blue and looks more like a blue neon goby. She said he was a cleaner wrasse.
Anyway, on to my questions. I had her feed the tank and he was one of the first to eat the mysis. So would this be a good purchase for me? He was also picking stuff off of the foxface.
Another question, are they reef safe?
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http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...b/cleaner2.jpg

Does it look like this guy. He is all black, blue and purple. Hard to get a good pic because he constantly flutters up and down. I caught this one in maui and he eats like a pig. He eats mysis, brine shrimp and tiny pieces of bait fish I catch for him and the anenome. From everything I have seen in my tank totally reef safe. I have never seen him even look at the corals. He is fearless maybe due to the fact they are cleaners and get a free pass in the wild. This makes a great fish since everytime you walk up he is right there checking you out, even pecks at me when I am reaching in for various reasons. I have had mine for 3 weeks. I do feed him a little twice a day. I have heard they like to feed often and need alot of food. I have heard all the nightmares of keeping them so I have my fingers crossed but mine seems to eat as good as anythingelse. Never touches a coral.
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I can't view that link from work. But the one at the LFS was bright blue and very active. He even followed my finger.
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Sounds like the same fish. . I dont know how to shrink the pic to post directly here.
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Sounds like the same fish. . I dont know how to shrink the pic to post directly here.
Read this link on How to easly resize images in Windows XP it is really easy.
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:38 PM   #6
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I think this is it....

http://www.saltwaterfish.com/site_11...ot_parent_id=4

I don't know why it says "difficult" however, unless it is just because it likes to play dead.
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That's the one! I don't know why I didn't check that site.
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yes that is mine also. Mine is does not have the lighter color in front or maybe that is the flash from the picture. Mine also creates a mucus bubble to sleep in at night. Not sure if he does this every night I only saw it in the 10 gallon holding tank I used in Hawaii and also saw it in the bag I shipped him in.
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Yeah, wrasses do that for protection. It's pretty neat.
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I have one of these fish in a semiagressive 210g tank. Even the more aggressive inhabitants like him (like puffers and trigger).

As for being difficult to keep, I have read that this is true. The main reason is that they die from malnutrition. Most of them won't eat prepared foods and don't have enough fish in the tank to keep themselves fed through "cleaning". I have been lucky and he eats prepared food.

My cleaner is quite enjoyable. When I have my arm in the tank to do maintenance he actually will clean MY hand and arm. He seems quite fearless in this regard, and also with the fish. I have heard that they can be kept in even very aggressive tanks due to the fact that their coloration and markings make them recognizable to fish as a beneficial aid.

I'm not sure about them being reef safe, as my tank is a FOWLR tank, but considering they are strictly carnivores, I think the chances are good that they will leave the anemones and corals alone.
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