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Old 01-13-2019, 10:26 PM
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Question Help! Flameback Attacking 8 Line Wrasse

On a relatively new 55 gallon tank I decided to add what was an expensive 8 line wrasse. The tank had two clowns and one flameback angel that have been there for a few weeks.

The flameback is now attacking the wrasse every time he leaves his hiding spot; first it started with these weird tail whips and a day later I caught a few instances of nipping.

If it matters, the wrasse is roughly the same size if not larger then the angel.

Am I doomed or will this reside? At all costs I’d like to avoid removing the rocks to catch him, as the aquascape is elaborate and I cannot currently catch the angel.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:10 PM
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How many days has it been? Most semi aggressive fish will be aggressive towards new tank mates when first introduced. Usually goes better when adding a few fish at a time vs one at a time.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:01 AM
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Try a mirror on the outside of the tank. Flameback might leave the wrasse alone and go after its own reflection. Can't hurt. My tomini tang goes nuts with the mirror, it keeps him entertained for days.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:29 AM
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I put a shaving mirror. The flameback won’t get close too it but keeps swimming nearby.

Should I continue to leave lights off? I introduced the wrasse on a Saturday.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:32 AM
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Also, does the tail whip cause any physical harm to the wrasse?
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