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Old 11-04-2003, 03:44 PM   #1
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Possible Cleaner Wrasse

my 20 gal with a coral beauty and 2 blue chromis are doing great, and i saw a cleaner wrasse the other day and i was wondering if i could add a cleaner wrasse to the mix with no probs (also there are inverts in the tank)
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Old 11-04-2003, 04:22 PM   #2
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IMO, cleaner wrasses should be left in the ocean. They almost never take to prepared foods and derive little nutrition from them if they do. It is very rarte to see one last more than a month or two in captivity
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They are specialized eater. Their mouth if made specifically for parasites, so unless you have a large fish community with lots of parasites, your out of luck. They should not be sold in the trade but you see it way too often.
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I never used a cleaner wrasse but I did use a Cleaner Shrimp and if he doesn't clean the fish he is eating whatever food I am feeding the fish with np a tall. He almost doubled in size in my tank until my a cap on my intake tube for my canister filter fell off and the suction was too great for him when he passed by.

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im glad i always post here before anything, to aviod such things as these, thanks you guys.
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I am just curious. Are neon gobies the same way or will they eat prepared food too?
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Old 11-05-2003, 01:30 AM   #7
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Neon and sharknose gobies are much easier to acclimate to aquarium life and will do much the same job as a cleaner wrasse. They do not do well in a newly established tank though.

As always, do not rely on these guys to help with parasite elimintaion. They are not a means to an end but rather a temporary stop gap.

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I have a neon I love he he eats great I love it when he cleans the yellow tang and the butterfly I am trying to get a picture of them its funny cause the tang anoys him constantly to clean him follows him around and moves sidways toward him its funn he is a great fish imo
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i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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Great thing about neon gobies is they are mostly available tank raised
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Yeah thats the main reason i want em is cuz they are a tank raised fish and they are pretty cool looking to. Eating parasites would just be an extra
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