3 very pretty wrasses

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by PugsAndKitties, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. PugsAndKittiesValued MemberMember

    in a hypothetical situation, and i were to get a wrasse, which should i get?
    i dont have any coral, but i do have a choclate chip starfish. I also have a dwarf liofish and a coral beauty angelfish.

    i like these wrasses:
    Christmas Wrasse (Ornate Wrasse)

    Lunar Wrasse

    Pinstripe Wrasse
  2. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    What size tank do you want to put it in? Unless it is a large tank (100 gallons +), I'd skip any wrasse from the genus thalassoma (like the lunare). They get quite large, and tend to be quite aggressive as well! They are stunning fish with cool personalities though. Depending on tank size, I think you could choose either the Christmas wrasse or the pinstripe.

    Be sure to make a cover for your tank with eggcrate or bird netting. I've lost 3 wrasses to carpet surfing... even with a cover.
  3. OP

    PugsAndKittiesValued MemberMember

    i have a 38 gallon tank, but this is purely hypothetical. Even though i would love to have any one of those wrasses, i know i shouldnt with the amount o f bioload the lionfish makes.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2009
  4. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    I see where you're coming from, but have you thought about a fairy wrasse? Carpenter's, filamented, etc. stay small and won't put much of a strain on your bio load. Check out some of these guys and see if you like any. Be sure to check out adult size though; some get larger than others. :)

  5. OP

    PugsAndKittiesValued MemberMember

    ive looked at them a little, but was particularly looking for something that would eat my bristleworms that wouldnt get eaten by my lionfish. She really narrows my options down, but i still love her! I cant get arrow crabs or coral banded shrimp so i was thinking about wrasses. but tank size limits me too, so i might just leave the bristleworms alone since i dont have coral.
  6. Steve McKayValued MemberMember

    Try a Six Line Wrasse,Pseudocheilinus hexataenia.They are colorful and quick enough to stay away from a lionfish,they eat bristleworms too.Bristleworms are beneficial to a saltwater system.A hint of advice don't put Peppermint shrimp in with your feather duster.

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