Fish / pet store
Posted Nov 02, 2013
Currently own the latest of 2 Hoeven's (aka Melanurus) wrasses, have had this one for 2 years, original for 5 years. Other reviewers who claim theirs is a picky eater definitely have an exception to the species or have misidentified the species. This wrasse is known for eating a very wide variety of foods, which is one of the main reasons why I chose this species in the first place (do your research!). Both of mine happily ate mysis, Dainichi pellets, flake food, Sea Veggies (seaweed), even the Reef Chili used to feed some of my coral. I've heard other hobbyists say theirs has eaten a few of their snails, but neither of mine ever seemed interested in the snails I have as cleanup crew (Nassarius, Nerites, Ceriths). See also: http://www.reefkeeping.com/joomla/index.php/current-issue/article/32-fish-profile-
This wrasse is perfectly peaceful to his fellow tank mates and overall is very easy to keep. Some will argue this is a "jumper" however neither of my 2 wrasses have ever gone carpet surfing, though no doubt partly due to my 120 gal tank always having blue night lights during the night cycle, and you must have a sandbed for wrasses to hide in when frightened and to sleep. Not many people know that keeping night lights on will prevent lots of species from random jumping: as long as they can see the edges of the tank they'll be much more at ease.
Like most other species, you can't keep 2 males together in the same tank as they'll fight even if no females are present. Either have a single male or if you have a larger tank, single male with several females. Males are by far the most colorful, so most choose to have a single male.
Hoeven's wrasses are very active during day cycle, constantly roaming the tank and as a bonus, if you keep coral - particularly SPS as I do - this species like many other wrasses will patrol your coral and will eat parasites such as flatworms and nudibranchs. Very intelligent and observant - they'll notice if you move a coral or a rock even a couple of inches, and they'll be sure to investigate it.
I love the colors and color patterns particularly of the males which like a lot of other animals are the most colorful of the genders.
This species doesn't have universal popularity like Blue Hippos, clownfish, and yellow tangs, so it may take a bit of looking to find one or may have to order one from your local store, but is well worth it!
They're intelligent, observant, and typically have great personalities. I'd recommend them to beginners with a fish-only tank to advanced aquarists with SPS and fish.
Photo included is one I found online that looks almost exactly like my current wrasse (male).