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Old 01/12/2008, 10:26 AM   #1
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Thoughts on mixing wrasses, gobies, and mandarin?

In my 90, I already have a Yellow Watchman, a Dragon Goby, and a Neon Blue Goby.

I have a couple of questions and would like some thoughts on additional tankmates...

I'd like to add a Clown Fairy/solorensis wrasse. I enjoy wrasses and would consider adding another. When having multiple wrasses, is it best to avoid keeping those of the same genus, in this case, add anything but another Cirrhilabrus?

Another fish I'd like to keep is the mandarin. Would there be compatibility issues with a mandarin, the wrasses, and the gobies I currently have?

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Old 01/12/2008, 10:33 AM   #2
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I had no issues with a YWG and mandarin with a filamented fairy wrasse---he killed a rainford and a highfin goby [earning a trip to the lfs], but did not attack the others, including chromis and dartfish. Arm your gobies with a couple of pistol shrimp and that would tend to dissuade aggression, should it turn up.


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Old 01/12/2008, 01:40 PM   #3
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i dont know about the mixing of wrasses for i have a sixline which limits my choices. i think the mandarin will be fine seeing that i have a spotted mandarin with a sixline and a lawnmower blenny. good luck.


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Old 01/13/2008, 09:36 AM   #4
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i had the same kinda thoughts running through my head

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Old 01/13/2008, 06:25 PM   #5
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you can add another Cirrhilabrus wrasse considering your tank size, I just wouldn't add another solar. In my 90, I currently have a lubbocks fairy wrasse, and I'm going to be adding either a scotts or a laboutei along with a mcCoskers flasher.
If you add another fairy wrasse there may be a few "faceoffs" for a little while, but after things get settled, everything should be fine.

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Old 01/13/2008, 10:05 PM   #6
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Thanks all, I appreciate your input.

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