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View Poll Results: Indicate those species you keep in your tank
Macropharyngodon bipartitus 62 27.80%
Macropharyngodon choati 11 4.93%
Macropharyngodon geoffroy 24 10.76%
Macropharyngodon meleagris 75 33.63%
Macropharyngodon negrosensis 27 12.11%
Other 24 10.76%
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Old 10/14/2008, 06:18 PM   #26
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What is the min. tank size you would put one in? I have a 55 gal., 48in long, LR tons of pods set up to house a Leopard. LFS said No?? Thoughts?


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Old 10/15/2008, 06:32 AM   #27
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You didn't mention anything about the depth or type of substrate. I would say you have a decent chance of keeping one with enough hobby experience. That being said, I personally wouldn't keep one in a tank that size. I believe for one to be happy and thrive, a good amount of rock and larger tank is necessary. Requirements are much like keeping a mandarin.

Even though the 55 is a common tank, it's pretty painful when it comes to reefs.


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Old 10/16/2008, 10:59 AM   #28
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I just recently got two Macropharyngodon bipartitus one male, one female. The LFS ordered them for me and I picked them up from the shipment to avoid acclimating them twice. The stores tank, then mine. From what the LFS read, the biggest hurdle is to get past the acclimation process and doing it twice can be too much for the fish.

Once I got them home and acclimated, the female didn't hide at all. All my other fish checked her out and within 15 min. She started searching the tank for pods. The male swam into a large piece of live rock then came out and also started searching for pods. According to what I've read, they will often bury themselves in the sand and stay hidden for a long time after acclimation.

They do sleep under the sand at night and during a large part of the day, but come out and search for pods daily. The female follows the male around the tank.

I have a 300 gal reef with approx. 5" of sand and 250-300 lbs of live rock. The 300 has been setup roughly a year and a half. I upgraded from a 125 that was setup for approx 3 years before that. The 125 was an upgrade from a 55 that was also setup about a year.

I have not seen either fish eat prepared foods yet, but my pod population is so large, I'm not worried about it. I purchased them last friday, so it's almost been a week.

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Old 10/16/2008, 11:00 AM   #29
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Old 10/16/2008, 01:10 PM   #30
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Re: Leopard wrasse sucess stories

  • Species of leopard: Female meleagris
  • Source (LFS, online, etc): From a friend's tank, who was downsizing
  • Method of introduction (quarantine, straight-to-tank, etc): Straight to tank. Transported in a 5 gallon bucket with sand.
  • Tank set up (reef, fowlr, size, age, etc): 180G softie/lps reef.
  • How many other attempts, if any, you made to keep a leopard wrasse and thoughts on why this attempt was successful (if applicable): First and only attempt

I was lucky in that my female came from a friend's tank. She eats small New Life Spectrum pellets with gusto from my feeding pipe. My sand bed is only about 1-2 cm, and it seems to be just fine for her. So I would say, IMHE, a DSB isn't needed. Shallow sand bed works fine. My substrate is made up of Caribsea Seaflor Special Grade.

I've had her for a couple of years now. The previous owner did as well.


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Old 10/16/2008, 02:14 PM   #31
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This fish did not last long (internal parasite it wasn't treated for) but I "baby-sat" a young M. meleagris for a friend (240g cube) after a Yellow Tang beat the snot out of it. They tried the no-QT method to get the fish to a reliable source of food faster, and so when they introduced her, the tang went nuts. I took the leopard while they found a home for, and removed, the tang. The wrasse started eating in my tank within three days. I already used a cyclopeeze and mysis mix so I can make sure that my neon gobies get food small enough for their mouths. She started by eating the cyclops and went after the mysis the next feeding time.

As I said, she died a couple of months later with an internal parasite but the way that she started eating supports the idea of using Cyclopeeze, Marine Snow, Arctipods, and so on, to get them to start eating.


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Old 10/18/2008, 01:30 AM   #32
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  • Species of leopard: Female bipartitus
    Source (LFS, online, etc): LFS
    Method of introduction (quarantine, straight-to-tank, etc): Straight to tank. Drip acclimated for ~1 hour.
    Tank set up (reef, fowlr, size, age, etc): 30g mature SPS/LPS dominated reef.
    How many other attempts, if any, you made to keep a leopard wrasse and thoughts on why this attempt was successful (if applicable): Third attempt with bipartitus. First was successful for over six months but lost due to tank crash. Second attempt unsuccessful but admittedly shouldn't have brought her home (broken beak). Thought I could save her from certain death at the LFS.

    My current bipartitus is going on 16 months now. Eats anything I throw in the tank and thriving.

    I'm interested to hear from the 1 choati voter as I've tried a few and they seem to last, oh maybe 3-4 days at best.



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Old 10/18/2008, 11:48 AM   #33
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I must be lucky with my leopard because it is the hardiest fish I have so far. It eats everything I put in the tank and does a great deal of foraging in the sand and on the live rock. I've had it for 6 months now and its doing great so far. I hope it continues to do well.


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Old 10/18/2008, 12:14 PM   #34
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Here's what mine looks like




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Old 10/20/2008, 05:08 PM   #35
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Here is my female Macropharyngodon bipartitus from Live Aquaria, that I have had for about 5 months.


I got her then put her in a temporary tank with lr rubble from my refugium and a ball of chaeto filled with pods, then over a week she slowly started taking mysis and now eats anything I put in the tank. She is by far my favorite fish.

I have a couple of questions about these fish
1. Can I add another female and will one change into a male? I am having a hard time finding a male in the area or online.
2. How do they do with other species of leopard wrasses?


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Old 10/21/2008, 09:00 AM   #36
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I have a couple of questions about these fish
1. Can I add another female and will one change into a male? I am having a hard time finding a male in the area or online.
2. How do they do with other species of leopard wrasses?
1. Yes, from everything Ive read, females of the same sex can be kept together. In the wild one male keeps a harem of females. Although it is not a certainty that adding two females will cause one of them to turn male.
2. I keep a female biparitus and a female meleagris. The two get along fine. The only chasing is done by the male who very sporatically chases either female for a short burst with no bitting.


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Old 10/21/2008, 09:03 AM   #37
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Well, all of these postings have convinced me to try them. Nice thread, and thanks Brian for starting it. Great pictures everyone.


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Old 10/21/2008, 09:13 AM   #38
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Macropharyngodon bipartitus

Have had my Macropharyngodon bipartitus (BSLS) for about 2.5 years. She started in my 75gallon reef, is now in my 150gallon reef.

Is just completing it's transition from a Female to Male. The process of the color change has taken about 2months or so, and is almost complete. Not sure what caused the transition to begin, inhabitants in the tank has been stable, and tank conditions have been stable. Regardless it has been a cool thing to witness.


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Old 10/23/2008, 12:01 PM   #39
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-Macropharyngodon meleagris-female
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-Quarantine for 3 weeks with a tupperware container of sand to burrow in
-90g, mixed reef, dsb (4")
-First attempt, I only bought this gal because she was eating brine shrimp in the LFS, where as the African Leopard next to her was not.



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Old 10/23/2008, 12:02 PM   #40
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Re: Macropharyngodon bipartitus

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Have had my Macropharyngodon bipartitus (BSLS) for about 2.5 years. She started in my 75gallon reef, is now in my 150gallon reef.

Is just completing it's transition from a Female to Male. The process of the color change has taken about 2months or so, and is almost complete. Not sure what caused the transition to begin, inhabitants in the tank has been stable, and tank conditions have been stable. Regardless it has been a cool thing to witness.
From what I have read all females will become males in time when no male is present.


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Old 10/24/2008, 07:33 AM   #41
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Fuzznutz,

Thanks for the info. Wasn't aware of that....


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Old 10/24/2008, 09:02 AM   #42
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Thanks for the info. Wasn't aware of that....
Well, looks like I was a little off...says "as the need arises", take that as you will This site lists them all, though this is just my gal:

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All are born female and change as the need arises. Adult male patterning is more streamlined; having an orange-red body with dark green spots, lines on the head, and a dark 'ear' spot.



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Old 10/24/2008, 10:06 AM   #43
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Greetings,
I just got my "Blue Star Leopard Wrasse" from DFS (not DD). She stays at the top of the tank and swims around rather than immediately diving for the sand. Is this normal? Thanks in advance.,


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Old 10/24/2008, 10:23 AM   #44
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"Normal" swimming for a Leopard Wrasse is to constantly forge for food along the rock. As for not shooting into the sand, no biggie.


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Old 10/26/2008, 09:26 AM   #45
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Well, sadly, the fish died over night after one day. It seemed healthy and ate mysis right out of acclimation. But, it never seemed to hunt like my mandarins or scooter blenny. Any ideas?


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Old 10/26/2008, 10:03 AM   #46
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I am getting a Macropharyngodon meleagris female on Tuesday from Liveaquaria. Hopefully she does well.


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Old 10/28/2008, 10:24 PM   #47
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I had an Ornate for almost 2 years...ate everything I put in the tank!! Sadly the egg crate fell down one day and he jumped out. =( I ordered 2 Choati this week for the store I work for...so hopefully one of those are coming home with me!! FINGERS CROSSED!!


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Old 10/30/2008, 11:36 PM   #48
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I have crash coral sand bed. Are leopard wrasses be happy with that?


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Old 10/31/2008, 04:22 AM   #49
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I have crash coral sand bed. Are leopard wrasses be happy with that?

Nope


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Old 10/31/2008, 11:21 PM   #50
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I just got one today, and it is in qt tank now. Any recommendations on whether to hypo while in qt? I had an ich break out in my dt, and am just finishing an 8 week fallow period. Just want to make sure nothing is brought back in.


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