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The Apprentice

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WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE AND WHY LOOKING FOR THE BEST GAURD DOG FOR MY CLAMS. :confused:
Leopard Wrasse - Macropharyngodon meleagris Is what I am thinking of getting but I have also looked into the Six Line Wrasse - Pseudocheilinus hexataenia .
My main concern is that i have a few gobies in the tank and some smaller very peacefull reef fish as well I have heared the Six line can be agressive. But they are also known to feed on unwanted pests on live rock, such as bristleworms.
I have read and been told the Leopard Wrasse will eat troublesome flatworms (Platyhelminthes) and the parasitic snails (Pyramidellacea) that feed on Tridacna spp. clams. so iam leaning in this direction but would like some feed back from other reefkeepers before I put either one in my tank.
Has anyone ever kept both Male & Female in their Tank.
Thanks for the help ...Jeff :D
 

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Very Nice Solar Wrasse

That is a very nice shot Chuck. :D Will a Solar Wrasse eat troublesome flatworms (Platyhelminthes) and the parasitic snails (Pyramidellacea) :confused: Like the Leopard Wrasse? I am concerned about the trouble that comes with tring to Keep a Leopard alive. To eat Mysid shrimp and other foods if there is no Flatworms or Parasitic snails :confused:
 

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Hi Jeff,
I would choose a Leopard over a Sixline. I have had several Sixlines and none of them ate bristle worms or flatworms. Just make sure the Leopard is eating prepared foods before you buy it. All three of mine eat any food that goes in the tank. One of my customers has 5 of them and they all eat prepared foods too.

HTH,
Kevin
 

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I do find my sixline aggressive so that he took out the other wrasses I had :(
Now I would have to tear down my tank to get him out, he is sneaky, lucky for him I hope to do just that one day soon, keeping only my beloved Regal, he is the best fish I've in years.
 

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i'm mistaking put green wreasse in my tank,wish and try to get him out ,,failed,,but now i protected all my clams,(max and crocea),he can not eat or bother them any more,,other benefit ,,he will hunting and eat all other unwanted pest in the tank all day including mantis ,,good on one thing and bad on the other.,
 

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Looks Like The Leopard Is The Best Choice

Well I am going to go with the Leopard Wrasse the next decision is to get a pair :?: Has anyone ever kept both Male & Female in their Tank :?:


kevinpo said:
Hi Jeff,
I would choose a Leopard over a Sixline. I have had several Sixlines and none of them ate bristle worms or flatworms. Just make sure the Leopard is eating prepared foods before you buy it. All three of mine eat any food that goes in the tank. One of my customers has 5 of them and they all eat prepared foods too.

HTH,
Kevin
 

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I have a lunare wrasse in 120 gallon and he shreds bloodworms daily. He leaves my corals alone and maintains order with my other fish without hurting any of them. Amzing but true!
 

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i have always kept wrasses but, the problem is, they love open water and want to swim fast. terrible choice for an aquarium under 100 gallons. i lost 4 yellow coris wasses and one purple wrasse due to suicide jumpers. when i closed of the top of my aquarium, they "ping" themselves extremely hard off the top of my canopy. i have a 90 gallon which isnt huge, but its not tiny either. they seem unhappy. stick with the slow fish, theyll be alot happier. just my opinion though
 

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I'm the one with the 5 Leapord Wrasses and they all get along great, even with my other 3 types of Social Wrasses, my 5" Yellow Coris Wrasse, pr Royal Grammas, and Fridmonty. The Leapords get even prettier with age. If you get them small I can't see you having any problems with them.
 

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I had a green bird wrasse that gave me problems for years. I had a fifety dollar bounty on it. My friends would come over and try to catch it with popcorn shrimp and a small hook. They would come over watch the fights then try to make $50 that was taped in my canopy.

The way I caught him was I cut a end of a two liter pop bottle. I inverted the bottle end so it funnelled fish into bottle. I put shrimp on a string inside the bottle. I had the GB wrasse within a day.

I like the idea of having a school of leopard wrasse. I would love to do that.
 

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Help to females to much!

All experinced Leopard Wrasse Fish wranglers I need some help/advice :confused:

I have a 3" Female Leopard Wrasse that has been in my tank since the first of August and I have Read that the Species is like clowns in which the Females can change sex Well since this Female has Established herself in my tank and i have figured out how to sucessfully raise one I decided to Add another to my 150 gallon Reef Tank. My problem is the First Wrasse is attacking the new one to the point she will dive back into my sand bed I have tried to erect a dirverson wall between the 2. Has anyone have any ideas on how i can get these 2 Girls to get along? I have never read any ware that Leopards would fight against each other. My First females was always getting picked on By a Phsdochromis and a hippo Tang. Could use any suggestive Help...Jeff :confused:



The Apprentice said:
Well I am going to go with the Leopard Wrasse the next decision is to get a pair :?: Has anyone ever kept both Male & Female in their Tank :?:
 

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Jeff,
I believe sometimes its best to introduce two of the same species if you have a dominant schooling fish. You dominant fish will spare for a short time and wear it self out not being able to focus on just one fish. This has worked for me in the past. I am not sure if it will work with wrasse. Your 150 has plenty of hiding spots for your new wrasse. How long has your new wrasse been in the tank?
 

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Leopard Wrasse

Since Friday Night just came out of the sand for the first time Sunday afternoon



Ed Hahn said:
Jeff,
I believe sometimes its best to introduce two of the same species if you have a dominant schooling fish. You dominant fish will spare for a short time and wear it self out not being able to focus on just one fish. This has worked for me in the past. I am not sure if it will work with wrasse. Your 150 has plenty of hiding spots for your new wrasse. How long has your new wrasse been in the tank?
 

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Leopard wrasses should be added at the same time. It is very difficult if not impossible to add one once others are established. You can add 3-5 at the same time and they will be fine. Redeyereef has 5 that school in his 360gal.

Regards,
Kevin
 

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I will move her out

Thanks Kevin I will put her in another tank of Mine...Jeff
Now to catch her :confused:


kevinpo said:
Leopard wrasses should be added at the same time. It is very difficult if not impossible to add one once others are established. You can add 3-5 at the same time and they will be fine. Redeyereef has 5 that school in his 360gal.

Regards,
Kevin
 

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Kevin's right, catch her and keep her out for a while (at least a month) then add multiples at the same time.
 
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