View Full Version : Help me pick out a new wrasse!

06/29/2006, 09:59 PM
I have a 90g mixed reef. I am unfortunately in the market for a new wrasse. Can anyone suggest one? What I am looking for in the wrasse is for it to be a good worker (eat unwanted stuff), attractive and larger than 3 inches.
Thanks for your help,

06/29/2006, 10:18 PM
The red one with the yellow tail, I forgot the correct name. JD

06/29/2006, 10:25 PM
Thanks dude,
anybody else have a suggestion, perhaps coupled with a name?

06/29/2006, 10:30 PM
Mystery Wrasse...Very pretty.. also called 5 bar wrasse

06/29/2006, 10:58 PM
Leopard wrasse ornate wrasse all eat pests IMO I would stay away from 6 lines they get to mean.

06/29/2006, 11:11 PM
Yeah, I had a six line. Took me forever to get him out of the tank and I swore I would never get another one. Mean little sucker. Someone else had mentioned the ornate wrasse to me. Do you know much about them? Are they reef safe?

06/29/2006, 11:23 PM
Flasher wrasse but they do like to carpet surf.

Island Hopper
06/29/2006, 11:26 PM
Second the Lepard Wrassie.

06/29/2006, 11:30 PM
sixlines are great, but make that the only wrasse.

I like fairy wrasses, they are really colorfull

06/30/2006, 01:45 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7656059#post7656059 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Cubman777
What I am looking for in the wrasse is for it to be a good worker (eat unwanted stuff), attractive and larger than 3 inches.
Thanks for your help,
Cubman Yellow Corris wrasse.:thumbsup:

06/30/2006, 06:21 AM
Ornate Wrasse, I'm assuming is Halchoeres ornatissimus? AKA Christmas Wrasse? Coral safe, not necessarily crustacean safe, but then no Halichoeres really is. Nice fish, have one myself. From your requirements, I too would recommend one of the Halichoeres. To the ones already mentioned (Yellow Coris is Halichoeres as well) you might also consider the Iridis Wrasse, Melanurus Wrasse and Pastel Green Wrasse .

06/30/2006, 07:13 AM
Macropharyngodon meleagris
Macropharyngodon bipartitus
Macropharyngodon geoffroyi
Macropharyngodon ornatus

06/30/2006, 11:30 AM
Solar wrasse.

06/30/2006, 12:20 PM
I'd say no to the leapords unless you really know what you're doing. Theyre great fish, but tough to get one thats healthy.

06/30/2006, 12:25 PM
Yellow, they are docile and fun to watch. pick crap off the rock all day.

06/30/2006, 12:54 PM
Radient wrasse

Lineatis wrasse

06/30/2006, 01:36 PM
Thanx for the suggestions guys.
I do really want a radiant wrasse. I may have to settle on the yellow though as my LFS cant get in radiant wrasses for some reason.

06/30/2006, 01:44 PM
Here is my leopard



and my lineatus



and my mystery without the stripes


06/30/2006, 02:03 PM
I vote for the mystery wrasse or the leopard wrasse. Both are beautiful fish and great cleaners.


06/30/2006, 02:05 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7659451#post7659451 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by Cubman777
Thanx for the suggestions guys.
I do really want a radiant wrasse. I may have to settle on the yellow though as my LFS cant get in radiant wrasses for some reason.

Go to liveaquaria and put yourself in the "e-mail when we have stock" and they will automatically send you an e-mail as soon as they get stock in.

06/30/2006, 02:16 PM
Try reefhotspot.com
They have really healthy fish. I contacted Max there and asked him to look for a lineatus. It took several weeks and he called me once or twice a week to let me know of his progress. He had found some but they were not healthy and he would not get one for me. He finally got a healthy, colorful one and I am very pleased with the fish. His prices are really good too. You can call him or email and he gets back to you. If looking for anything in particular I would go here first, just because of my experience with Max.

06/30/2006, 02:23 PM
bllfish- You have those three wrasses in your 72g?

06/30/2006, 02:25 PM
Yes, and they get along great.

06/30/2006, 02:28 PM
Cool. I had always heard you shouldn't have more than 1 male fairy wrasse per tank. I really love your leopard wrasse, but I already have a laboutei. Maybe I'll try it anyway. :D

06/30/2006, 02:28 PM
I have had a leopard, sixline and currently have a mystery. I vote mystery. the leopard is better with sand if you have it. leopard all the way. mineis actually very cool, better than I thought it would be.

06/30/2006, 02:47 PM
I am not sure but I do not think the leopards are considered fairy wrasses. Anyway, They are always visible and looking for food. Really adds to the look of the tank, plenty of motion. Good luck with the leopard. I have heard they are tough to keep but I think if you get a healthy one they are great fish and have their own personalities. They all eat anything I put into the tank including flake. Funny, I had a six line a few years back and it was the terror of the tank, absolutely no fear and everything in the tank was a target. I eventually had to take him back to the LFS.

06/30/2006, 02:55 PM
True, but I wonder whether they know the difference. :)

The mystery and the lineatus are both fairies, no?

Do you have any issues with it causing sand storms, burying corals, eating hermits, or anything like that?

06/30/2006, 04:21 PM
Wellll, he was good the first week but I no longer have any hermits or shrimp.
When I first got him the sandstorms were a problem but now he just goes behind the rock somewhere and buries. The mystery and lineatus are fairies but there is such a disparity in size. The lineatus is just a peaceful fish. He stays pretty much in the upper portion of the tank and the mystery is always foraging among the rocks. Like the sixline he can turn on a dime and disappear among the rocks very quickly when threatened.

06/30/2006, 05:09 PM
Ahh, a shrimp killer!

I passed on getting a flame angel for that reason. I have three large fish (well, not that large yet :D) and they like to be cleaned by my skunks, so I have to protect my shrimp. With some of these fish, there's a decent chance they won't bother a full grown skunk, but there's still a chance they will. I also have hermits and small snails that are breeding in my tank, don't want to lose them either. And I hate bringing fish back to the LFS.

I guess I'll keep looking. I might try a mandarin.

06/30/2006, 05:16 PM
My cleaner skunk was huge. Had him for 5 years. My fault, I did not even think about my shrimp becoming dinner.
I have a mandarin too.

06/30/2006, 06:05 PM
Wow, these are all really great suggestions. Unfortunately, I cant afford a mystery wrasse at the moment (grad-student), and I have heard that leopard wrasses are very difficult to keep alive. Does anyone know why?

06/30/2006, 06:10 PM
I can't say why. The one I have is a beast. He eats anything I drop into the tank and he is always foraging. I have added a fuge and I am not sure but I think the pod population is good for him as well as the mandarin.
I believe if you get lucky and get a fish that was captured properly and taken care of you will be successful. Unfortunately it is hard to determine these factors. When I got mine I looked him over very closley and made sure he was eating. Other than that I guess you just have to trust the people you buy your fish from and hope they have a good supplier.

06/30/2006, 07:57 PM
If you're looking for less expensive options than the mystery wrasse (on of my all time favorites by the way) consider the following:
1) Radiant wrasse
2) Christmas (or ornate) wrasse. I have one now and love it.
3) Yellow coris wrasse

Stay aware from the sixlines (though the are good workers) but get mean. The Hawaiian 4 lines are the same way.

07/01/2006, 01:25 PM
Well thursday I recieved a call from a local fish store and he had a male and female rhomboid wrasse available. Look like jonathan took him up on them after I passed.

really cool looking fish.