View Full Version : Change in wrasse coloration
05-02-2009, 04:52 AM
I picked up this wrasse back in February. Here is what it looked like back then:
And here is what it looks like now:
The fish appears to be very healthy. I am just a little bummed that the color has changed so much...I liked it much better before :scry:
Has anyone else seen this kind of thing in fairy wrasses?
My guess is that it has something to do with "courtship coloring"??
05-02-2009, 11:32 AM
What species of wrasse do you have?
IMO, one of 2 things has happened:
Your fish was a male and has changed back into a female
Or, your fish has turned into a terminal phase male (won't change back into a female)
05-02-2009, 12:30 PM
exactly my thoughts on it unleashed.
05-02-2009, 01:43 PM
I think it is an orange backed wrasse.
Thanks for the help.
It is a very pretty fish, but unfortunately, the new color scheme is similar to my royal gramma. I would prefer to have something with some different colors, but I don't think it is enough of an issue to catch the fish and return it.
05-02-2009, 04:08 PM
I don't think it is enough of an issue to catch the fish and return it.
HA HA HA... too funny. Take it from me... just learn to love it's new color. I would rather have my fingernails pulled out then have to catch another wrasse in a reef tank.
05-02-2009, 04:33 PM
You want some realy fun? Try catching a Pseudochromis species in a 60gal reef tank. LOL
05-02-2009, 05:51 PM
I am actually a little tempted to try a bottle trap, for two reasons. One, the last time I used a bottle trap (helping a friend catch a tang), we had a hard time keeping his carpenter's wrasse OUT of the trap. Two, my LFS has a crazy selection of fairy wrasses right now. I was drooling big time!
If I had a 2 litre bottle in the house, I probably would have tried it all ready, lol.
Its still a good looking fish, I had a cross damsel that are really good looking when young but as mine aged it turned to a real dark blue almost brown but I still kept him
05-03-2009, 08:45 AM
After researching your fish. I do definitely think that it was a subadult male which has changed back into a female.....
Your fish is Cirrhilabrus aurantidorsalis by the way
05-04-2009, 06:13 PM
The wrasse was sold to me as a Cirrhilabrus solorensis, but after getting it home, posting for some ID help, and looking at pics, I realized it was an orange-backed wrasse.
Too bad I don't have room to add a mate, maybe it would color up again.
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