Originally Posted by carey
What is the reason for their short life in home aquaria? is it a feeding issue? One of my snooty tooty LFS
's has a 500g tank with like half a dozen in it. I have been thinking of adding one to one of my tanks after seeing their display. It's a very cool looking fish.
You are correct Carey, unfortunately they have a feeding issue.
Generally they only eat parasites and skin tissue from fish, which is why they are difficult to keep alive in captivity. One of my LFS
too has a Cleaner Wrasse(s) (not sure how many are in the tank) in a 500g. I think the reason our LFS
' are able to keep them alive is because of the amount of fish available to them to clean (eat off of).
I have also read that Cleaner Wrasses can sometimes become pests in aquaria. This happens because they keep going back to the fish to eat off of them and it stresses them out (if there are not enough fish to eat off of).