View Full Version : Flasher Wrasse Rarely Swims

11/07/2011, 01:35 PM
Hey everyone, I figured I'd ask the forum before taking any action... I have a male blue flasher wrasse (paracheilinus cyaneus) who since being introduced will only swim during feedings, usually twice daily, then immediately returns to resting on his belly or fins under a rock. Fortunately, the rock is at the front of my tank, which makes observations fairly easy. From what I've read (this is my first wrasse), these fish can be quirky, but I'm assuming it's not normal for him to never be swimming. I've also observed him breathing noticeably... not exactly rapid, but at least in a heightened/accelerated manner. (sorry in advance for the novel, but figured i'd give you all the info. right away).

My tank info (up for 6 months): 75g w/ 30g sump/fuge, 2 Koralia Evo 14's, Apex Controller, +/- 60 lbs LR, SWC XtremeCone160 Skim, parameters: (Temp. 79.5, Ph 8.2, sg 1.025, Ammon/Nitrite 0, Nitrates 4-5, Alk 9.8, Ca 405, Temp 79.2,) dose ATO w/ Kalk, and all healthy/stable/friendly tank-mates: Pair ocellaris, BTA, yasha goby/snap shrimp, large diverse snail CUC, a few SPS frags, frag torch, small Toadstool (SPS/others on different sides).

I bought the wrasse from Divers Den, delivered Oct. 27, so I've had him for a little less than 2 weeks. When he came in, he looked extremely stressed... which i read was typical for these poor shippers. I drip acclimated slowly to an established QT with lights off in the room. Unfortunately, the next day I had a mechanical failure on my QT and I had to leave my house for 3 days... So faced with the decision of leaving him in QT and almost certainly killing him, or giving him a chance in the DT at the risk of introducing something to everything, I (maybe naively) trusted DiversDen and threw him in the DT. [Please spare me the QT I told you so's, as I had every intention of doing so]. Since that introduction, he's established himself under a rock on the sandbed, and as previously mentioned will swim/dart/hover around only long enough to grab food, and soon returns to his spot. I've included pictures, as he might have a grayish spot on his eye (indicating Fluke?), but doesn't look nearly as bad as others pictures. Aside from that, his fins seem to be fine and he's maintained both color and appetite... Any help/advice from the experts would be greatly appreciated, as I don't know if I'm just being overprotective or if something is cause for concern.

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11/07/2011, 03:11 PM
What other fish are in the tank? Is he the ONLY fish introduced without quarantine? When was the last previous fish introduced?

11/07/2011, 04:11 PM
Sometimes low movement from low disolved oxygen.
DO you have a lid on this tank?
And i wonder if you have enough steady water flow?

11/07/2011, 06:36 PM
and all healthy/stable/friendly tank-mates: Pair ocellaris, BTA, yasha goby/snap shrimp, large diverse snail CUC, a few SPS frags, frag torch, small Toadstool (SPS/others on different sides).

The 2 clowns were only QT'd for two weeks, plus an additional week of being monitored by my LFS that I ordered from (generally a trusted one). Both have been happy and show no signs of distress. The goby/snapping shrimp were QT'd for about a month, again no signs of distress/ich/etc. I didn't QT the frags however, so it's certainly possible I introduced something with them (or with the ocellaris for that matter, since it was such a short period). The most recent additions were the goby/shrimp introduced about 2 weeks before the wrasse.

There's no lid on the tank. And with regard to flow, the 2 Koralia Evo 1400's and Mag 9.5 return (dialed down a bit) seem to be providing plenty of flow and surface agitation (but maybe I underestimated this?)

11/08/2011, 05:11 AM
Well, he is definitely displaying stress coloration. Clearly your quarantine process is not really effective but I cannot say for sure with information available whether he has a parasite. By the way, with no cover, flasher wrasses will jump.