Wrasse

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  1. marinenoob

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    Hi,

    I used to have a yellow wrasse a while back which sadly passed on, and have now gotten an african wrasse. truly beautiful fish with one flaw. they only are around from 8am till 5pm and then they pack up and go to bed. Is this normal for them, cos this means i never get to see them on sat and sun and when the lights are off.

    thnx
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    When are your lights on ?
     
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    how long has it been in the tank? it might take a while to settle in and be more active later on
     
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    lights are on from 5am to 8am, then 6pm to 10pm. the yellow wrasse was in my tank for seven months and was always like that. was his routine. now the african seems to have the same routine.
     
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    That is one weird lighting cycle. Your creatures must just be really confused :whistling:
     
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    lol @ Warren, but I agree with him. Your cycle is not right for lights
     
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    well what should it be
    i used have it on only from 6 - 10 but then i read it should be more and some in the morning. so i change it this month
     
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    Why not from 11 in the morning till 9 at night?
     
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    yoh isn't that too long that like the whole day
     
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    That is 10 hours dude. Mine was running 12-13 hours daily.Problem that people normally do is having the lights come on when they at home for their perusal, But we must sometimes think of the coral and fish too. Have them run as close to nature as possible and you'll see the results
     
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    okay will try that from tonight
     
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    Agree with advise above!

    Fish, corals as well as beneficial organisms in your tank need light routines that mimic nature.

    you can time this lighting routine 2 your advantage if you like.

    My wrasses are also the last ones "out of bed" and the first ones "into bed" and they time this perfectly with my lighting routine. (approx 45min after lights go on and 45min bef they go off)

    mine are on from 11am to 11pm in my reef tank.

    goodluck.
     
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    So, do you consider yourself flawed for also sleeping every night... It's Natural, and right, for the fish to sleep at night.

    Well, just look outside, and see if the sun switches off during the day :whistling:

    I agree with the previous posts, extend your tank's "daylight" period to one natural period, even if you do change the times of "sunrise" and "sunset" to suit your viewing pleasure.

    Hennie
     
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    guysi have 1 actinic coming on from 5-8am , my main lights are on from 12 to 10pm , reason for my earlier lighting period is so i can feed my goldies in the am before i leave for work ......
     
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    i know when i got my cleaner wrasse, it packed up around 5pm, then after a week it packed up when moon lights came on and then it didnt care. remember this fish has been in the wild for 2-5 years?! it is used to going to sleep at a certain time

    IMO i like that it packed up, cos that is VERY natural
     
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    I've got a Cleaner wrasse that has very particular routine. Up in the morning between 8:30-9am when the lights are still off. Then to bed between 8:30 and 9pm when the lights are still on. Even if I feed some treats, its nowhere to be found.
     
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    Seeing that fish is not the only downside, they grow big and tend to excavate your reef looking for tasty critters, not ideal candidates.
     
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    Cause they like to crawl into a small hole, cover the hole in some type of mucus (it looks like that to me) to protect themselves. They normally look for their hole just before lights out
     
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    I have changed the lighting and monitor it, it just sad cos they are lovely fish i love it 2nd most after my yellow tang. But i never get to see it.
     
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