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Old 10-24-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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I have a 39 gallon with 20 gallon sump and im considering getting a melenarus wrasse. Ive been told they do great in a 40 gallon. I only have 2 other fish and they are both ocellaris clowns. Will the hoeven's wrasse (melenarus) be good in my tank? I have no shrimp, just snails and hermits. I do however have plenty of rock and coral. Heres a real recent pic of my tank.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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IMO yes their great hunters always looking for pest. You might lose a couple snails or hermits but reef safe with corals. I have on and there very good at eating like pigs. Your tank looks long enough with nice rocks to swim thru.
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IMO yes their great hunters always looking for pest. You might lose a couple snails or hermits but reef safe with corals. I have on and there very good at eating like pigs. Your tank looks long enough with nice rocks to swim thru.
Ok cool. I know they are excellent pest control plus i really like the way they look. Was just wondering if my tank is big enough to house one. I think they get up to 5". It will be the last fish added if i get one.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:52 AM   #4
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He should be ok. Your tank is gorgeous by the way. Seriously looks great!
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He should be ok. Your tank is gorgeous by the way. Seriously looks great!
Thanks! I think im gonna try to get one. I was really wanting a mystery wrasse but the lfs couldnt get it and they are pricey.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:08 PM   #6
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Well i dunno. The more research i do i dunno if i want one. Read they can be rockbulldozers trying to get bristleworms and what not. I think i may go with a yellow chrysus wrasse unless i can save up the doe for a whitebar mystery wrasse!
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My melanurus wrasse doesnt do much but swim, he hasnt messed with any rockwork looking for critters and I've had him for several months.
Not that they all behave the same, maybe mine is super mellow lol
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My melanurus wrasse doesnt do much but swim, he hasnt messed with any rockwork looking for critters and I've had him for several months.
Not that they all behave the same, maybe mine is super mellow lol
Cool. Yea every fish is different. Anymore suggestions on a wrasse for my size tank thats not a 6-line or flasher? Anyone had a lubbocks fairy?
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Awesome looking tank
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Nice tank. You have a lot of green already. Adding yellow color to a reef seems more challenging for people like you and I who don't have enough room for a yellow tang. I recently added a yellow candy hogfish to my 40 breeder (wrasse subfamily I believe...still a bit confused though) and he is doing great.

I had a Christmas wrasse before. He was pretty and active but died within a week for no apparent reason. You are smart to stay away from flasher wrasses. They should have at least 4ft tanks in my opinion.

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