Custom sandbeds for wrasses

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I noticed that I do much better at maintaining a reef tank going bare-bottom, yet I really like wrasses. What do you all think about using tupperware with sand in it for the wrasses to sleep in?
 

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Thanks! Anyone else have experience with this? I plan to use something rather large yet not too deep. I will put rock around it to hide the sleeping place.
 

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I don't see why it wouldn't work since tubberware with sand is used in qt for wrasses. I guess it just depends on how many wrasses you want and how big of a tubberware you want in your tank. My melanarus wrasse take refuge under a barnacle cluster in the sand. My cleaner wrasse takes refuge inside the same barnacle for nighttime.
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I don't see why it wouldn't work since tubberware with sand is used in qt for wrasses. I guess it just depends on how many wrasses you want and how big of a tubberware you want in your tank.
Perhaps QT tanks are primarily where I have seen it done prior. I wonder if there is any downsides to the practice for years of the life of the fish.
 

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I personally don’t think it would be a problem, but if you are going BB, how much of a PITA is it going to be cleaning up the sand that comes out of the container. I look at it like a cat litter box. You will always be cleaning up substrate IMO.
I know what you mean! I may do something large and deep that will have less spillage. I was surprised how much mess my Melanurus wrasse was after I brought it home. I regularly have to blow off my corals because they get covered in sand. Perhaps I will shoot for a quasi-bare bottom... just an ultra thin spread of sand on the bottom. I plan to change things up today and give it a try.
 
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I’ve actually seen where someone was making wrasse “houses” out of rock. Basically a bowl made out of reef rock that you put sand in for wrasses.

actually a pretty good way to disguise the sand hold using small rocks and rubble.
If you could get a hold of a ceramic bowl of the right type (non toxic) like a reptile water bowl and epoxy rock around it that would make it look natural
 

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I noticed that I do much better at maintaining a reef tank going bare-bottom, yet I really like wrasses. What do you all think about using tupperware with sand in it for the wrasses to sleep in?
Some wrasses don’t require sand at all. Below is a good write up I’ve referenced in the past.
“Only these genera require sand; other genera sleep in a mucus cocoon in the rockwork or crevices: Anampses, Halichoeres, Macropharyngodon, and Pseudojuloides.”

 

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I’ve actually seen where someone was making wrasse “houses” out of rock. Basically a bowl made out of reef rock that you put sand in for wrasses.
I just did the same thing with rock towards the back of my tank. I made a island with two mangroves and a 6in deep sand bed. Its hard to see but the rest is bare bottm. I will get better pic tomorrow. Tank is new with some carry over from old frag tank
 

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My next wrasse will be a fairy type (hopefully a Scott's wrasse if I can find one and get it QT'd professionally). I have to get the 90 gallon DT setup and cycled 1st. That Scott's wrasse makes a cocoon to sleep in.

I do LOVE the personality of my Melanurus wrasse and would like to keep it. It will need the sand bed. I just picked-up this deep glass bowl today. I plan to put it at the back wall of the 90 gallon tank. I am thinking of making a crescent-shaped rock structure in front of it. I will plan to build a 2nd piece (1/2 "cap") somewhat in imitation of that fine work of art shown by @Jkennedy. Pictures to follow!
 

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I tried the glass bowl and filled it 3/4 full of sand. The wrasse did not like it. I made a more natural looking shallow bed using a piece of scrap glass for a bottom. The corners and sides are concrete that are reinforced with eggcate. I will use rock with coral around it to help it blend into the tank to look more natural. I decided to go against the 1/2 dome top since the Melanurus like to dive-in from above.

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