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Old 01-12-2014, 11:41 AM   #1
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Leopard Wrasse?

So a buddy of mine who is about to tear down their tank just got a leopard wrasse (about 2"-3" in size). Hes kept many wrasses together in thr same tank and i never have. I realize its an 'expert only' fish because of their finicky feeding habits. My tank is almost 2 years running and it is 39 gallon witj 20~ gallon sump. I also have a yellow chysus wrasse and 2 ocellaris clowns. He already gave me his red linckia (3" diameter) and it has been doing great over a week now in my tank. My question is will my really mellow chysus wrassr go rogue on this guy or are they compatible? He said they will be fine but i cant seem to find compatibility for these 2 wrasses anywhere. The only other option for this guy is to bring him in to our only LFS since the good one closed, where it will 100% die for sure. I know...its sad.
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:01 PM   #3
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Well he is my fish now and possibly the prettiest fish ive ever owned. Hes acclimating to my system right now. Ive done alot of research on this guy but still no compatibility with my chysus wrasse found! Any help or suggestions very much appreciated! Heres some quick pics i took of him.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:48 PM   #4
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I feed him frozen prawn roe and he devoured it. This gives me alot of hope! Not really that shy either but very observant. Might have a new favorite! I think im going to try to catch my yellow chysus and let the leopard get comfortable for at least a week. Hes checking him out through the acrylic tank.
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Well no hope catching my chusus wrasse. Released the leopard into my tank last night. Hes out this morning! I hear of them hiding alot, for weeks. Hes got alittle spunk and appears to be in good heath. Nipping at the rocks. My chysus did kinda bumrush him a couple times but didnt nip. Hopefully he is just showing dominance and not threatening the leopard. The leopard hasnt seeked shelter from him yet? Just staying on hid side of the tank i guess. I tried to get some pics of him but its very hard. Hes not camera shy like the chysus but moves around alot! Heres the best i got-
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That is a nice leopard wrasse. I've never owned one, but have heard they can be difficult. I did some quick research on your new pickup and I think you have a female blue leopard wrasse, rather than a leopard wrasse. Hope this helps.
Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Blue Star Leopard Wrasse
Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Leopard Wrasse
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Im not sure. Id be happy with either but i do like the blue. It kinda favors both.
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you do realize the yellow chysus wrasse isn't reef safe and grows to about 6"
the leopard is reef safe with caution and grows to about 6 1/2 "
they both require at least 50g or larger tank especially after there both full grown
I wouldn't be surprised if they fight but only one true way of finding out
if I were to choose I would keep leopard over other
wish I had friends who gave me fish like that he's like a $50 fish great score
and paul your tank is filling in nicely
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you do realize the yellow chysus wrasse isn't reef safe and grows to about 6"
the leopard is reef safe with caution and grows to about 6 1/2 "
they both require at least 50g or larger tank especially after there both full grown
I wouldn't be surprised if they fight but only one true way of finding out
if I were to choose I would keep leopard over other
wish I had friends who gave me fish like that he's like a $50 fish great score
and paul your tank is filling in nicely
Thank you. I know the yellow chysus can get up to 6" but he is definately reef safe. I wasnt planning on keeping 2 wrasses when i got it. I read alot of the leopard wrasse and max size in captivity is not that big. The largest are right under 6". And i think it may be the blue star leopard and according to liveaquaria they get to 5 1/2", so maybe actually 5" dunno. I will definatly keep the leopard over the chysus even though the chysus is such a good fish. Its going ok so far. The leopard is out right now!
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Nice fish, I want one lol just gotta get to making the screen top from BRS.
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