Wrasses and a sand bed

We  get this question frequently.

Our research shows the following DO require a sand  bed or at least a “sand box”.


Anampses, Coris, Halichoeres, Macropharyngodon, Pseudojuloides, Thalassoma

Coral Beauty

coral-beauty-240px-Centropyge_bispinosa_1We recently added a Coral Beauty to our 180 display tank.

This is a beautiful fish and a great addition.  She picks more algae off the rocks than tangs and makes a noticeable difference as a clean-up critter.

Although only LPS and soft corals in this tank, so far, the Coral Beauty has not picked at any of the corals.

From the outset, no conflicts with any other tank members.  No one bothered the Coral Beauty and vice versa.

Lastly, this fish is NOT yet eating from the water column and appears to be content picking from the rocks.

Cleaner Wrasse

We think this fish is worth a try even though generally regarded as “difficult”, or “expert”.

For us, in addition to cleaning and picking at other fish, it appears to have an overall calming influence (for lack of better terms) in the tank.  In our opinion, our wrasse contributed to the successful acclimation of one of our favorite fish, the Copperband Butterfly.

Contrary to reports that these fish are difficult to feed, our Wrasse eats everything we feed and has done so since added to the tank.

Their coloration and movement is another positive.

Copperband Butterfly

Our CBB is now eating krill.  Not sure why, but he just started today.

So far, he eats blood worms (favorite), Mysis, and krill. All frozen from Hikari.  Also, he still hunts down and annihilates aiptasia.

So he did not have to compete, we started him with target feedings using a baster.  He will now compete with the other fish but we continue to target feed him at least once per day.