- (M) wrasse death, clown behavior (was ...))
by bob/psitech.com (Bob Posert) (4 Mar 92)
by bob.denton%acc1bbs/ssr.com (Bob Denton) (11 Oct 93)
by bob/psitech.com (Bob Posert)
Date: 4 Mar 92
>In article <RZRZgB1w164w-at-bubble.pc.ocunix.on.ca> gordon-at-bubble.pc.ocunix.on.ca (Gordon Dewis) writes:
>Wrasses usually sleep buried under the substrate (if there is one). This
>is how they protect themselves, since they are such deep sleepers. The
>presence of crabs (like your arrow crab) could loom dangerous to wrasses
>if they do not have adequate sleeping protection.....This is why I am
>opposed to tanks with no bottom substrate when wrasses are present.
Yeah, I was worried what my Wrasse was going to do when I took the
substrate (Hawaiian "Puka" gravel) out of my reef tank. Now he buries
himself in the Caulerpa forest growing on the rocks at the top of the
tank - he doesn't seem to be too bad off. Of course, I don't have
any crabs like the original poster did.
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by bob.denton%acc1bbs/ssr.com (Bob Denton)
Date: 11 Oct 93
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MARINE TIP OF THE MONTH
I attended a lecture and slide presentation on Wrasses yesterday
afternoon. It was given by SeaScope author Scott Michaels at a
General Meeting of the Windows to the Sea MAS. Scott is also a diver
and a great underwater & aquarium photographer. He recently became
the owner of a pet shop in Lincoln Nebraska.
A Scott line is "If there's an invertebrate out there, then there's a
Wrasse out there to eat it."
Which leads into the Rent-A-Bird-Wrasse idea. The Gomphosus varius,
interestingly enough, will eat both bristle worms AND mantis shrimp.
When you get your load of live rock for your mini-reef the first
thing you should add is a Bird Wrasse. After a few weeks you can
remove it and proceed with setting up your reef tank. The wrasse
must come out as it has no place in a mini-reef - it also likes to
munch on Tridacna Clams. So be sure to work out a deal with your
retailer for returning it before you buy it.
Scott plans to try the rental idea in his shop. He may also do a
Rent-A-Racoon-Butterfly for reef hobbyists afflicted with Aiptasia.
Note that there is a minor down-side to the Bird Wrasse idea - it will
probably also eat any small tube worms that might be on the rock. So
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