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Old 12-09-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Laboutei Wrasse Troubles

hey all,

ive got a problem with my laboutei fairy wrasse. I have him for a few months and from the moment I put him in the tank he's always been mr confident and not afraid of anything and eating really well.

The last couple of days ive noticed hes been sleeping in a bit and going to bed early before the lights turn out but still always confidently eating.

Tried to do my routine brine shrimp feed and normally the wrasse sky rockets out of his cave for some food but this morning he didn't even come out.

He looks fine and not breathing heavily, all his color is still looking good and no other fish are giving him a hard time.

I've tested the water and all parameters are perfect and it's a 265g tank and he's the only wrasse.

Should I be worried?? has anyone experienced this before??

Any help would be great.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #2
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Has he eaten yet?
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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had a look this morning, he's definitely still alive and well but just sits in his cave and doesn't come out, tried to feed him by squirting a turkey baster full of brine but still no luck.

he looks healthy, no lose of color, not breathing heavily..... just looks depressed and not eating.

It's very odd, never had this before.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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I just lost a Naoko's fairy wrasse during an upgrade. I put him into a holding tank, albeit a small one, but he stopped eating there. 5 days later he died. I wish you luck with yours. I just saw a Labouti wrasse on live aquaria weekly special section for $79.99 and almost pulled a trigger.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:12 PM   #5
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yea really hope it works out, got lucky with him.... went to my LFS and the guy didn't even know what sort of wrasse it was and bought it for $65... BARGAIN!!!!
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:50 PM   #6
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found him in a cave where a sleeper goby lives..... he still alive and not looking too good, the goby gave him a nudge but he didn't even fight back or swim away. probably give it a couple more days before hes dead unless I can find out whats going on
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:37 PM   #7
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If the only symptom is lethargy then removing your fish from your main tank will be futile at best. It may actually aggravate an already fragile condition of the wrasse. However, if white spots are visible then QTing would be a good option. As I mentioned before, my Naoko's fairy wrasse did not handle the transfer very well and died. Fingers crossed.
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have considered moving him to QT... but would agree.... moving him wouldn't really do much I wouldn't think, it would probably just kill him. plus he doesn't look diseased. no spots, no marks and no discoloration. its just an anomaly lol
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I thought this article about wrasses was pretty good when I was researching them. Hope it helps in the future.
http://www.3reef.com/forums/tropical...es-122261.html
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thanks a lot great article you found there..... ill save that under my favourites. pity it doesn't have a miracle cure for my problem though
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