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Old 12/18/2006, 06:04 PM
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Wrasse is damaging his lip????????

I have a scott's wrasse that I bought and put in my quarantine tank prior to putting in my display. Over the course of the last 3 weeks in qt he has managed to somehow knaw his bottom lip off. I don't know if his is rubbing it on something or what he is doing to cause this dmamage to his lower lip. Other than this he is perfectly normal. Will his lip grow back???
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Old 12/19/2006, 03:27 AM
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He most likely is diving towards the bottom constantly.. do you have sand in the QT? if there is no sand then all fairies try to go "down" for some reason.. this happens to all the ones i bring in.

Add some sand if you can or add to the display tank asap. Most likely the lip will "grow" back, or fix itself if it isn't to bad.
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Old 12/19/2006, 09:03 AM
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I do not have sand in the quarantine tank.
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Old 12/19/2006, 09:43 AM
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I agree with Zemuron114....if he's healthy then definitely add him ASAP to your main tank.....his lips should heal with time so I wouldn't worry about it :-)
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Old 12/19/2006, 01:31 PM
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Would it be bad to put him in the refugium?
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Old 12/19/2006, 01:50 PM
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I think it'll depend how big the wrasse is and how large the refugium is.....also a heavily algea stocked refugium would not be the best place for him....you said he has been in quarentine for over 3 weeks....usually 2 weeks is sufficient so you should be fine adding him to your main tank if you haven't noticed anything wrong with him by now.
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Old 12/19/2006, 01:53 PM
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I would agree. But I have 3 things to add.
1. He appears to be on the fence between, "am I going to recover or am I going to die.
2. I just added 3 tangs last night to the display and want them to have time to settle in with the other fish.
3. There is not all that much algae in the refugium.

What do you think?
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Old 12/19/2006, 02:02 PM
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I honestly think that he will do better if you place him in your main tank....tangs are fairly peacefull species and so is the scott's wrasse. He's certainly suffering in the quarentine tank....if you're still in doubt than you can try placing him in the refugium and watch him overnight, but the refugium should be at least 20-30g....IMO if you have a stable enviroment in your main tank, he has better chances of surviving :-)
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Old 12/19/2006, 02:02 PM
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I had a rose scale who had the same problem, but he got it from attacking the glass all day. For some reason in my tank I have an extremely bad reflection on the glass at certain times of the day. All of my wrasse go insane when this happens. i have also had tangs do the same thing. Right now I have a yellow fin wrasse that is doing but he hasn't damaged his lip yet. My rose scale never did fully recover. His lip healed over at one point but it looked like he was in a fight and had a perminant fat lip.
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Old 12/19/2006, 03:26 PM
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Bare Bottom QT is no good for a lot of wrasses. The can kill themselves (literally) trying to bury and hitting the glass.

I would add it to the display.

If you want to keep wrasses a lot and QT them, then put in some sand. You can always vacuum it when you do water changes.
 

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