Cleaner Wrasse who was one?

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  1. vatso

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    Hi all

    I have a cleaner wrasse & from what I read they seem so hard to keep?? but my wrasse seems very happy & healthy.

    How many of you have cleaner wrasse & what has your success rate?

    Mark
     
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    Was he locally caught or imported?
     
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    not sure?? he is happy and healthy
     
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    You got him from a pet shop or went snorkling coz the local ones have a great survival rate but the imported ones dont seem to last long - these buggers sometimes become obsessive cleaners to such an extent that they irritate the fish and they need alot of parasites in their diet apart from prepared foods...
     
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    I was very lucky with the one I bought from a LFS here in Cape Town. Mine eats flakes, pellets, meaty foods (frozen - self made), as well as "cleans my fish" ;)

    Mine is as thick (fat?) as my pinkie finger.....
     
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    Mine eats flakes and frozen food as well - the other fish also like him. but some times he does get chased LOL
     
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    Good show Vatso that your's also eats flakes and frozen. I think that this is the biggest thing for survivability of these awesome fish. Not many of them takes to flakes/pellets/frozen readily.
     
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    What's so interesting the web is full of how these fish die & that one needs special food & feeding?

    Mine seems just like the other fish!! east & is happy
     
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    i bought mine form a local LFS,he has been eating flakes or anything that goes into the tank.he getting fatter than my foxface:p
    he doesnt "clean" my other fish...maybe he doesnt knw he is a cleaner wrasse:whistling:
     
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    I have two in my tank had them since they were small, really happy and healthy went out on the weekend and caught three more which I put in my sump, local ones are easy to keep
     
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    Cleaner wrasse are also mucophages, that is they eat the mucus/slime layer of fishes , for every 1 parasite they remove they often take at least 6 bites of slime from the fish
     
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    I have one for about 4-5 years now. Caught him locally and he eats anything and everything. I find that the locally caught Cleaners tend to have a much better survival rate. Bear in mind, he was about 2cm's in size when I caught him.
     
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    I had a cleaner wrasse in my first tank, bought, which survived over a year into my next tank and was then passed onto another reefer where it lived for a few more months but dissapeared there... If you can get them to eat prepared foods its a huge bonus. Cause eventually they will die if it will not take anything else. They do stress fish out too as ealier said. I have a tiny 2cm local one in my sump i am growing, cleans off rocks, and eats brine. He's gonna be a keeper :thumbup:
     
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    Mine I bought from the LFS and have for about two years now. Eats frozen, flakes, pellets and nori
     
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    Yip,they stress other fish out bigtime!

    whatever fish goes into my tank,the cleaner is instantly all over that new guy,just adding to the new guys stress levels
     
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    You okes must just see how my scopas "begs" the cleaner wrasse to "clean it"....

    But - for some reason, the cleaner wrasse only has interest in "cleaning" my clown-fish, my unicorn tang, anthias (mostly the females)..... Only sometimes the cleaner wrasse "nips a wee bit to hard" - and then the fish being "cleaned" gushes away with a huge dash.... ;)
    More irritated, than "stressed"......
     
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    The key to keeping cleaner wrasse is to keep it with many different fish and never keep them with puffers or cowfish they cant handle the constant cleaning and the wrasse's munching their mucus all the time
     
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    Jip Achilles - I agree 100%
     
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    Local - imported?

    As i am a LFS I do not have any experience with local cleaners, but a lot with imported ones.

    My experience with them over the period that I have been importing them are:
    1. They are getting hardier / easier - if this is due to better catching, holding and shipping OR better knowledge on my side :whistling: who know
    2. it is important to get them eating frozen food within the 1st 48 hours, if they start after this they could still wither away and die.
    3. De-worming should only happen after they are 100% settled
    4. Fish that are kept with a lot of other fish start to eat prepared food faster and easier, perhaps "monkey see monkey do"
    5. Single cleaner tend to do much better that 2 or 3 together.
    6. As all my customers would tell you "variety is the spices of life" so give them the BEST variety of foods you can!

    Cleaners that take pellets within the 2st 48 hours tend to do very good.

    Enjoy your cleaner.

    M2C
     
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    cleaners are very lively,esp lurve the way they dash all over when its feeding time!

    mine hops on the surface of the water all the time...looks cool.
     
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