Leopard Wrasse

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by Picasso, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. Picasso

    Picasso Seahorse Whisperer

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2008
    Messages:
    3,073
    Likes Received:
    243
    Location:
    WI
    So I decided that my husband can pick the fish in my 30 gallon bow-front tank. I told him it needs to be a marine fish that is reef safe. It can be aggressive if he wants because it's the only fish in there. He's looking at the Leopard Wrasse but it says "Expert Only" on the liveaquaria site, why is it difficult? https://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=15+1378+339&pcatid=339

    He wants a "fish with a face" whatever that means. He really likes the puffer fishes but they aren't reef safe. Any suggestions? Right now the tank has a bunch of live rock, a couple cleaner shrimp, some snails and hermits, a few 'shrooms and some macro. I love the idea of sexy shrimp so I'm planning on getting a few of those.

    thanks,
    Catherine
     
    Picasso, Apr 24, 2010
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Picasso

    U4BOYZ Got Fish?

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,108
    Likes Received:
    76
    Location:
    Gilford, NH USA
    I have a Leopard Wrasse, and I'm FAR from an expert! :) I guess they can be difficult to feed at first...mine wasn't. I just soaked his food in garlic and he went right for it. He is a big jumper! Going to need a cover or crate or something...
     
    U4BOYZ, Apr 24, 2010
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. Picasso

    OhNoNemo i love triggers

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2009
    Messages:
    3,390
    Likes Received:
    373
    Location:
    Treasure Lake ,PA
    Yeah,IDK,from what i understand they are hard to acclimate and feed at first....Plus a 30 gallon may be abit tight for him.I have always liked the mystery wrasse,they are perfect for smaller set-ups,and they have a great face..lol
     
    OhNoNemo, Apr 24, 2010
    #3
  4. Picasso

    twps

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Messages:
    160
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Paris, ON CANADA
    That's a gorgeous wrasse. I have yet to see one in any local stores. I'm so jealous that you're are able to buy online in the US, much better selection and prices.
     
    twps, Apr 24, 2010
    #4
  5. Picasso

    Smitty

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    Messages:
    9,609
    Likes Received:
    1,587
    Location:
    Chicago/Oaklawn IL
    I don't consider them expert only, you just have to pay attention to it, that's all...I would suggest a small foxface, I'm sure your husband would love one of those, but a 30 might be too small.
     
    Smitty, Apr 25, 2010
    #5
  6. Picasso

    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2006
    Messages:
    26,996
    Likes Received:
    3,868
    Location:
    Ringgold,Ga
    The main reason for the " Expert" rating on the Leopard Wrasse,is because they can be hard to get to eat.But once they've taken to frozen foods,their no harder to keep than any other wrasse.
     
    yote, Apr 26, 2010
    #6
  7. Picasso

    Hiker4twenty

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Messages:
    2,590
    Likes Received:
    426
    Location:
    .....
    +1 Smitty
    I also believe that a 30g tank is too small for a Leopard Wrasse. They're supposed to be kept in a 50g min.
     
    Hiker4twenty, Apr 26, 2010
    #7
  8. Picasso

    Picasso Seahorse Whisperer

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2008
    Messages:
    3,073
    Likes Received:
    243
    Location:
    WI
    Thanks, guys, I'll steer him to a different fish. Going to order my sexy shrimp :)

    Catherine
     
    Picasso, Apr 26, 2010
    #8
  9. Picasso

    Hiker4twenty

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Messages:
    2,590
    Likes Received:
    426
    Location:
    .....
    Good luck with the sexy shrimp! How many are you going to get? I've only went down the sexy shrimp road once and they all died. I'm reluctant to go back to them, but maybe once I upgrade tanks I'll try again. Can't wait to see some pics of them.
     
    Hiker4twenty, Apr 26, 2010
    #9
  10. Picasso

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    I know nothing about Leopard wrasses and the person who probably knows the most isn't with us.

    Small mysis and cyclopeeze squirted through a turkey baster will be your friend Catherine.For the sexy shrimps that is,to me a very easy shrimp.I even shut the pumps off and watch them scurry around,shaking their butts even more so.

    They have buy 10 get 5 free or buy 2 get 1 free at Reef2go.com.
     
    reeffreak, Apr 26, 2010
    #10
  11. Picasso

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    Tadahhh!

    You just try to keep me away from threads about my favorite fish ever.

    Leopard wrasses are easy if you get one that is eating frozen foods. If you get a leopard wrasse that only eats live food, you are in the same boat as many mandarin owners are, except with a fish that is 3 times as large and needs 3 times as much food.

    They are very passive, docile fish and will get along with other wrasses.
     
    Bifferwine, Apr 27, 2010
    #11
  12. Picasso

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    I spoke to soon!
     
    reeffreak, Apr 27, 2010
    #12
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.