Wrasses and topless tank?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by roostertech, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I saw some sweet naoko wrasses at AC yesterday and was super tempted.

    But... I equally would hate having a top. So far I enjoy being able to freely work in the tank.

    So on the what is the probability that I'll end up with fish jerky?

    Also has anyone DIY a thing to prop screen to up so you don't have to move the whole thing out of the way? Kinda like the same idea as car hood?
  2. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Your mileage will vary. I have had a six-line jump. I currently have a leopard wrasse and a radiant wrasse and they've been happy for 3-4 months.
  3. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I haven't had a wrasse jump yet.

    Clownfish, yes. Blennys, yes. Gobys, yes.

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  4. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Yeah...Had a yellow watchman goby take flight as well.
  5. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    Wrasses are known jumpers. Get a net. Hate to see an $80 fish on the floor
  6. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    It will happen
  7. I have a wrasse-less tank. It's not that I haven't purchased Wrasses. It's that they all have jumped. I even have the Innovative Marine mesh top on mine and they have still all leaped to their death.
  8. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    How do they leap through the mesh?
  9. Good aim?
  10. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    You should have dose vodka, a lot of it
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  11. I do, but being drunk makes me even sadder when I find their dried, shriveled little bodies on the carpet. I'm a sad drunk.
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  12. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    My Klein Butterfly jumped, landed on my "fish deflector" that covers my overflow ... but since it wasn't tilted, he got stuck there and the Metal Halides fried him :(

  13. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    My tank is wrasse dominated. Since putting up the net I've had no suicides
  14. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    My 6-line wrasse was found on the ground a few days after I added a new fish. I had seen the wrasse attack the new fish several times in torpedo-like fashion - new fish would dodge the attack and he'd almost come out of the water. So I guessed what must have happened was he launched toward the fish swimming above him, the new fish dodged like a matador, and the wrasse flew out of the tank. So, I would say everything depends on how the wrasse gets along with the other fish. I think most fish jumps are probably caused by skirmishes.

    I bought another 6 line wrasse later and he's been in the topless tank over a year I guess.

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  15. Kremis

    Kremis Supporting Member

    mccoskers wrasse jumped out a few years ago during maintenance. I have tops that cover the openings in the tank, but took them off for maintenance. Since then, none have jumped out and I have 7 wrasses. top is definitely necessary.

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