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Old 03/06/2019, 10:15 PM   #1
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Naoko’s Fairy Wrasse - should I or shouldn't I?

I recently picked up a Naoko’s Fairy Wrasse Cirrhilabrus naokoae from a LFS that said it was a good reef fish. What I failed to ask was how it would get along with my other inhabitants. I have been researching my chances since picking him up and he has been in quarantine which is about 3 weeks now.

In the wrasse department (where I beleive most of the Naoke's agression would be directed) I have
Leopard wrasse
Blueside fairy wrasse
Unidentified juvenile fairy wrasse

I also have:
Bi-color blenny
Longnose hawkfish
Geometric hawkfish
Watchman goby
3 bangaii cardinals
Flame angel
Pair of ocellaris clowns
Clown tang
RS sailfin tang
Kole tang

All in my 210 display, 400 total water volume system.

With these 3 existing wrasse in a 210 (72" wide, 30" tall, 24" deep) will I have a problem adding the Naoko or will they all find some turf? This Naoko took about 6 days to start swimming around the QT. He seems really shy at the moment.

I normally wouldn't even risk it but my wife absolutely loves it.

Thoughts?


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Old 03/06/2019, 10:21 PM   #2
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Coming in with those other inhabitants already established, I wouldn’t be concerned. Mine got along with all my other wrasses. They really like to jump btw. Ask me how I know...


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Old 03/06/2019, 10:26 PM   #3
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Coming in with those other inhabitants already established, I wouldn’t be concerned. Mine got along with all my other wrasses. They really like to jump btw. Ask me how I know...


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Thanks Bill! I have a nylon mesh cover on the tank to keep the others in already. My Longnose Hawk still managed to find the 2x2" opening in the corner for wires and jumped out. Thankfully (luckily) he jumped into the horse trough I have for a sump behind the tank!


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Old 03/07/2019, 10:20 AM   #4
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My blueside wrasse used to be pretty nasty to new wrasses... Definitely one of the more aggressive species I have kept.

Given the size of the aquarium though, I imagine it would be safe.


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Old 03/07/2019, 09:52 PM   #5
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My blueside wrasse used to be pretty nasty to new wrasses... Definitely one of the more aggressive species I have kept.

Given the size of the aquarium though, I imagine it would be safe.
Mine didn't like when I added the second fairy wrasse but they get along just fine now. The blueside is pretty big these days. I'm thinking the Naoko can out maneuver him. If the Naoko goes evil, I fear the blueside will be a sitting duck...


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Old 03/08/2019, 09:51 AM   #6
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That is one mean wrasse. 210 gallons doesn't mean much to that fish. Once it is established, it will chase and beat up any wrasses that is intimidated by it. It is one beautiful fish but with such a mean and vicious personality. Return it quickly


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Old 03/24/2019, 12:09 PM   #7
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Well I bit the bullet and decided to add the Naoko to my 210 display almost 2 weeks ago. Upon introduction, he took some grief from everyone including my clown tang, both fairy wrasses, and even the leopard wrasse. After the initial aggression towards the Naoko, everything has calmed down to the occasional 2 second chase by my clown tang.

The Naoko has been a model citizen, swimming happily back and forth across the front of the tank. Never seen any aggression from him towards anyone at this point. Of course, he is just about the smallest fish in the tank and there is a lot of room to hide so that my be helping him adjust.

I will update this thread if things change.


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Old 06/12/2019, 11:20 AM   #8
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Update: Its been almost 3 months and the Naoko remains a perfect model citizen. It has been a wonderful addition!


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Old 06/12/2019, 10:08 PM   #9
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Pictures please.
Here are pictures of my Naoko.












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Current Tank Info: Reboot 320 anemones reef. Angels: Yellow Chest Regal(2), Flame (2). Copperband But. Tangs: Yellow, Purple. Wrasse: about 20 wrasses various species. Anemones: Giantea X4 (Breen, Blue, Purple and Multicolors), Haddoni X1 Red, Magnifica X1 Purpletip
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Old 06/13/2019, 06:38 AM   #10
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Those are some great pictures! It’s hard to photograph that guy, he is FAST and constantly moving!


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Old 06/13/2019, 07:06 AM   #11
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I really like him a lot. I certainly agree with you on the difficulty of trying to take pictures of him. Of all the Fairy and Flasher wrasses I am trying to take pictures of, he is one of the hardest one.


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