Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 12-07-2004, 07:06 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: PA
Posts: 1,869
Send a message via AIM to jamal-188
May have found secret to feeding cleaner wrasses!?

I know the whole lecture about cleaner wrasses. I've read in book after book about their dismal survival rate due to lack of eating and how they are valuable to the reefs they live on. I wish they were not taken from the oceean but since they are I decided to try and keep on.

My fist cleaner I got hooked on cylopeze so I bought him at work. He lived a while until my tank crashed and I lost all my fish. So, I decided to try again. I got a yellow headed one for $8 after reading from a guy on RC who has had great success with them to eat beefheard to swiching to other food. He has one in each tank, 7 in all that are all doing great. So I got some beef heart at work and he tore into it!!! I figure I can add some viatamins to make sure he's getting more of what he needs then switch him over to some other varieties of food.

jamal-188 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2004, 07:35 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Chatsworth, GA
Posts: 4,071
Send a message via Yahoo to loganj
While I don't know anything about cleaner wrasses, other than they are difficult to keep, I know many marine fish need [acronym="Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acid"]HUFA[/acronym] (high unsaturated fatty acids? jeez, I can't remember what it stands for) in their diets to stay healthy. Anyway, I doubt that beefheart has this in it. But, I think I remember reading that Selcon does...you might try supplementing with that. Sorry for all the speculation...memory isn't what it used to be (never was ).

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Logan J
loganj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2004, 07:46 PM   #3
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: WI
Posts: 1,783
just soak it in selcon and you are set!
captivereefs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2004, 08:35 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: PA
Posts: 1,869
Send a message via AIM to jamal-188
Originally Posted by captivereefs
just soak it in selcon and you are set!
Yep, got some on hand! I"m anxious to see how he holds up!
jamal-188 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2004, 04:30 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: San bruno, Bay Area
Posts: 4
I had one for about 2 years...

Had him since he was about .75 inches or so... and grew to about 1.25 or so...

Fed him about basically everything... from flake food, frozen type food, pellets, pieces of shrimp... name it he ate it...

Besides picking off stuff from his tankmates...
Dont have the tank anymore but will be getting another set up once I get my house. between a 55 gal. to a 150 gal.. depending on space limitations.
delsol650 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2004, 12:24 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 136
Well, I'm down to 6 now.
I bought a rose bubble anemone and it kept hiding in the rocks so on an instinct I raised my hood up about a foot to lower the light intensity to see what happens.
The anemone came out after a few days and has been doing well now for a week or so. I'm going to lower the hood in stages starting tonight.
The cost: a cleaner wrasse jumper.
After all the posts I've made and remarking about the fact these fish tend to jump if left uncovered, (when being chased after too big a nip) I did the unthinkable, and the cleaner paid the supreme price. I didn't cover the tank when I raised the hood.
By the way, when feeding beef heart, don't plan on it being the sole means of nutrient for the cleaner to eat. I can usually get them eating everything I feed all the fish in my tanks, including spirulina flake food, within about 3 months.
The main thing to remember is that they have small mouths, are used to small prey, so grind up the different food to size it appropriately for the size of the cleaner you have.

rayjay is offline   Reply With Quote

clean, cleaner, feeding

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaner Wrasses adnoh Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 01-24-2006 09:33 PM
I have found the secret to catching Mantis Shrimp! thor32766 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 6 12-02-2005 04:11 PM
Feeding A Cleaner Mixture... moejoephd Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 06-08-2005 05:01 PM
Cleaner Wrasses - Do they help!?!? drewbles99 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 06-03-2004 02:47 PM
Feeding live mosquito larvae I found in neighbor's pool afFISHionado Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 2 09-29-2003 09:59 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:36 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.