Choosing the best cleaner fish

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    I read a few articles about cleaner wrasses a few years ago and have steered clear of them. I wad actually under the impression they were listed as endangered or someone was applying to have them banned from the trade at one stage. I just decided to avoid them as the articles made sense :)
     
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    Cleaner wrasses aren't exactly reef safe. Mine gave my clams endless issues
     
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    the Cleaner Four Line Red Sea Wrasse (Larabicus quadrilineatus) actually becomes a SPS eater
     
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    In my opinion cleaner shrimps top any cleaner fish especially with regards to cleaning fish, plus im not sure there is any scientific proof that cleaner fish as the article suggests can and do consume cryptocaryon irritans specifically.In addition cleaner fish are just as likely to get infected by fish parasites while shrimp will not be.
     
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    Cleaner wrasse should only go into a big tank with a lot of other fish. Not enough tankmates and it will harass the few too much, to a point of them chasing the wrasse away.

    I got mine now for more than 3 years. It eats anything, even nori.

    But at a point when I had 2 tanks, I bought a much smaller one for the second tank. That one just withered away and eventually died.
     
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    I had two cleaner gobies and they are cool to look at, dont do that much cleaning and also eat prepared food so they dont harrass fish too much and they dont touch clams
     
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