Funny story. . .
This past Thursday, I bought a flasher wrasse. It was one of those "assorted" kind, but I think it was a Carpenter's. I acclimated it and released it into the aquarium. It displayed to my fire clown for a second, and then darted right under my long tentacled anemone. I was horrified that he was getting stung, so I kind of chased him out, and he ended up lying on his side in the corner, breathing shallowly. The following morning, all I saw of him was what I presumed to be the remains of his mucous coccoon. He was nowhere to be found. I assumed he was dead under a rock somewhere and my hermits and coral banded shrimp were having a feast. No sign of him Saturday morning.
I'm having some trouble with too much current and a bubble coral, so I did some massive rearranging, included a massive collapse of the rock wall, and never saw a carcass or the fish, so I continued to assume the worst, or even that he went carpet surfing and he was dried up behind the aquarium somewhere.
Now, I've really been wanting a flasher wrasse. I orginally settled for sixline, which ended up sucked into the pump for my protein skimmer (which I thought was sufficiently guarded). I ordered a Carpenter's wrasse from saltwaterfish.com, which was DOA. (They gave me a credit.) I had spied this guy at an LFS
about 90 minutes away from home while I was travelling on business on Tuesday. He was one of three and I went back to get him on my way home. I was crushed knowing he passed away after wanting him so badly.
I ended up back in the area on Sunday, and I finagled my way back over there with my daughter in tow. They still had the other two, and I let my daughter pick. I acclimated and released, and the new one went and hid in the rockwork. No sign of him this morning before work when I fed a little flake food. I was worried.
I came home this afternoon, and I was very releived to see my newest acquisition hanging out towards the back of the tank, peeking out warily. As I watched, I was more than a little shocked to see the first flasher wrasse running up and down the back of the tank!
I have a 37 gallon tank whose inhabitants include (prior to the wrasses) a fire clown, a banggai cardinal, and a royal gramma for fish. Inverts include a coral banded shrimp, a couple of large turbo snails, three small turbo snails, and five small hermits.
The wrasses seem to be getting along right now, and it's either a male and a female or two different species. I've included some photos for the experts to review.
What are the odds that these two will get along on a continued basis?
Here's the pics. They're a lot blurier than I thought.