Saltwater Fish: Saltwater Aquarium Wrasse's for Fish Only Aquariums

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Wrasses for Fish Only Saltwater Aquariums

 
   

Harlequin Tusk
Lienardella fasciata

Description: The Harlequin Tusk originates from the reefs of the Indian Ocean and Australia. Indian Ocean Tusks have orange stripes with white margins and a hint of blue adjacent to the tail of the fish. Australian Tusks have orange stripes with vivid blue margins starting from the pectoral fin, along the fishes back to their tail. Both of these beautiful color forms have bright blue teeth or tusks used to crunch invertebrates. They are a wonderful fish for a FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) aquarium. These fish are typically shy when at a small size, but will in time gain personality and confidence as they mature.

Recommended Tank size: A 125 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock . Peaceful with most fiswh, good companions are Surgeon fish (Tangs), Angelfish and some Triggerfish.

Food and diet:Feed a varied diet of frozen prepared foods such as vitamin enriched mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched brine shrimp and minced fresh shrimp. Also a good flake and pellet food should be provided. Try to feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Not recommended. Will not bother corals, but will eat snails and crabs. Peaceful with most fish.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 3" to 4-1/2"; Large: 5" to 6-1/2" ; XLarge: 7" to 9"

Indian Ocean - Medium $129.99 Large $159.99 XLarge $199.99
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Large $249.99 XLarge $289.99
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Paddlefin Wrasse
Thalassoma lucasanum

Description:The Paddlefin Wrasse is also referred to as the Rainbow or Cortez Rainbow Wrasse. As a juvenile they are mostly black in color with a yellow and pink belly. As they mature into an adult, their body takes on a reddish coloration, and the head area and fins become blue to green in color. The adult coloration also has a bright yellow band located just behind the head. Paddlefin Wrasses are one of the smaller wrasse within the genus growing only to about 7" maximum, and makes a wonderful addition to a fish only saltwater aquarium.

Recommended Tank: A 75 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock . Somewhat agressive, therefore only put in with other aggressive tank mates. The Paddlefin Wrasse becomes territorial in the aquarium therefore because of the aggressive behavior either place most of your fish in the tank at the same time, or make the Paddlefin Wrasse your last addition to the tank. One other possibility is to rearrange the entire tanks liverock so all the fish are once again finding a new home (territory). This works very well.Wrasses are known jumpers so the aquarium top should be covered.

Food and diet:Feed a varied diet of frozen prepared foods such as vitamin enriched mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched brine shrimp and minced fresh shrimp. Also a good flake and pellet food should be provided. Try to feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Won't bother corals, but this fish feeds on a wide array of invertebrates, (eats great!) including snails, sand-dwelling bivalves, hermit crabs, crabs, chitons, shrimp, isopods, amphipods and sea urchins. Not recommended for the reef aquarium.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approx Purchase Size: Medium: 2" to 31/2"; Lrg: 31/2" to 5": XLarge: 5" to 7"

Medium $79.99 Large $99.99 XLarge $139.99

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Lyretail Wrasse
Thalassoma lunare


Description: The Lyretail Wrasse is also referred to as the Lunare Wrasse or Moon Wrasse. As an adult, it is green with bright facial and fin markings.Bold, hardy, colorful and easy to maintain. All members of the genus Thalassoma lunare are excellent aquarium fish that can live many years in any well-maintained aquarium. They are a wonderful fish for a FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) aquarium. This is an active fish that requires plenty of swimming space and tankmates that aren't too passive. The Red Sea version of the Lyretail Wrasse has the same patterns but the colors are much more distinctive and striking.

Recommended Tank size:A 125 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock . Somewhat agressive, therefore only put in with other aggressive tank mates. The Lyretail Wrasse becomes territorial in the aquarium therefore because of the aggressive behavior either place most of your fish in the tank at the same time, or make the Lyretail Wrasse your last addition to the tank. One other possibility is to rearrange the entire tanks liverock so all the fish are once again finding a new home (territory). This works very well. Wrasses are known jumpers so the aquarium top should be covered.

Food and diet:Feed a varied diet of frozen prepared foods such as vitamin enriched mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched brine shrimp and minced fresh shrimp. Also a good flake and pellet food should be provided. Try to feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Won't bother corals, but this fish feeds on a wide array of invertebrates, (eats great!) including snails, sand-dwelling bivalves, hermit crabs, crabs, chitons, shrimp, isopods, amphipods and sea urchins. Not recommended for the reef aquarium.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2 1/2"; Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4" to 5"; X Large: 5" to 7""

Small $29.99 Medium $39.99 Large $69.99 XLarge $119.99
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Female Black/Brown Bird Wrasse
Gomphosus varius (female)

Description:Named for their distinctive bird-like beaked snouts, and sexed by colors, Bird Wrasses are easy to identify. As juveniles, each species has their own unique transitional juvenile to adult colors and markings. G. varius males are typically medium to dark green or greenish-blue in color. Females are creamy white colored in front and dark brown to nearly black in back. G. caeruleus males are much bluer in color. Females from front to back are white to yellow on the bottom and greenish-blue on top. Both female species have bottom half white and top half peachy colored snouts.

In the wild a single male congregates with a large harem of females. Nature's way of propagating the species is that a single female will change into a male, separate from the group, and once fully transformed starts a harem of its own. For a period of time during this female to male transformation the fish possesses colors of both sexes, but eventually turns into an all green adult male.

A hardy wrasse that adapts rather well to aquarium life. Only one male should be kept to an aquarium. A male-female pair should be added to the aquarium at the same time, introducing the female first.

Recommended Tank: A 100 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock . Somewhat agressive, therefore only put in with other aggressive tank mates. Bird wrasses require large open swimming space and will tolerate being kept in a group providing you have one male and however many females. The male of this species is bright green and the females are brown and cream in color.
Wrasses are known jumpers so the aquarium top should be covered.

Food and diet:The Brown Bird Wrasse diet should consist of a variety of meaty foods, as well as live clams, crustaceans, and worms (including fireworms).
Reef Compatability: Not recommended
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6" XLarge: 6" to 7"

Small $29.99 Medium $39.99 Large $69.99 XLarge $99.99 
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  Male Green Bird Wrasse
Gomphosus varius (male)

Description:Named for their distinctive bird-like beaked snouts, and sexed by colors, Bird Wrasses are easy to identify. As juveniles, each species has their own unique transitional juvenile to adult colors and markings. G. varius males are typically medium to dark green or greenish-blue in color. Females are creamy white colored in front and dark brown to nearly black in back. G. caeruleus males are much bluer in color. Females from front to back are white to yellow on the bottom and greenish-blue on top. Both female species have bottom half white and top half peachy colored snouts.

In the wild a single male congregates with a large harem of females. Nature's way of propagating the species is that a single female will change into a male, separate from the group, and once fully transformed starts a harem of its own. For a period of time during this female to male transformation the fish possesses colors of both sexes, but eventually turns into an all green adult male.

A hardy wrasse that adapts rather well to aquarium life. Only one male should be kept to an aquarium. A male-female pair should be added to the aquarium at the same time, introducing the female first.

Recommended Tank: A 100 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock . Somewhat agressive, therefore only put in with other aggressive tank mates. Bird wrasses require large open swimming space and will tolerate being kept in a group providing you have one male and however many females. The male of this species is bright green and the females are brown and cream in color.
Wrasses are known jumpers so the aquarium top should be covered.

Food and diet:The Green Bird Wrasse diet should consist of a variety of meaty foods, as well as live clams, crustaceans, and worms (including fireworms).
Reef Compatability: Not recommended
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6" XLarge: 6" to 7"

Small $49.99 Medium $59.99 Large $89.99 XLarge $139.99 
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 Banana Wrasse
Thalassoma lutescens

Description:The Banana Wrasse is also known as the Sunset Wrasse, or Yellow Wrasse. The Banana Wrasse is both beautiful to look at and amazing to watch its swimming with quick maneuvers and tight turns. The female Banana Wrasse remains bright yellow color while the male turns bluish green as it matures. Both the male and female have amazing bright green stripes across their orange and pink face.

Recommended Tank: A 100 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock. Banana Wrasses can be kept in a predator reef aquarium, or fish only tank, with other aggressive fishes such as triggers, puffers, large tangs, angels, and other aggressive wrasses. Provide with plenty of open swimming room. If you really want a show, build several caves for it to swim through. Best added as one of the last fish introduced to the aquarium as it often becomes quite territorial and aggressive towards newly added fish. Wrasses are known jumpers so the aquarium top should be covered.


Food and diet:Feed a varied diet of frozen prepared foods such as vitamin enriched mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched brine shrimp and minced fresh shrimp. Also a good flake and pellet food should be provided. Try to feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Won't bother corals, but this fish feeds on a wide array of invertebrates, (eats great!) including snails, sand-dwelling bivalves, hermit crabs, crabs, chitons, shrimp, isopods, amphipods and sea urchins. Not recommended for the reef aquarium.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 3" to 5"; Large: 5" to 6" ; XLarge: 7" to 9"

Medium $49.99 Large $89.99 XLarge $129.99
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 Red Coris Wrasse
coris gaimard

Description:The Red Coris Wrasse, also known as the Clown Wrasse, Red Labrid, or Yellowtail Coris, is found in the Indo-Pacific and Hawaii. Adult specimens in the wild can easily grow to a foot, but in an aquarium, they rarely exceed 6-8 inches. The juvenile and adult appearances vary greatly. As a youth, the body color is orange with white stripes or spots across the back. The stripes and fins are outlined in black. In adulthood, the body takes on a beautiful speckled blue coloration, the fins are decorated with bright yellows, reds, and blues, and the face is orange with green stripes. The male has a light green stripe on the body, just above the anal fin.

Recommended Tank: A 125 gallon or larger aquarium with a deep sand bed which it will use when startled or scared to hide in and also to sleep in. Other course substrates should never be used with the Red Coris Wrasse as the rough substate will cause infection and death in the Red Coris Wrasse. As the Coris Wrasse grows it will become agressive, therefore only put in with other aggressive tank mates. Wrasses are known jumpers so the aquarium top should be covered.

Food and diet:Feed a varied diet of frozen prepared foods such as vitamin enriched mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched brine shrimp and minced fresh shrimp. Also a good flake and pellet food should be provided. Try to feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Won't bother corals, but this fish feeds on a wide array of invertebrates, (eats great!) including snails, sand-dwelling bivalves, hermit crabs, crabs, chitons, shrimp, isopods, amphipods and sea urchins. Not recommended for the reef aquarium.

Level of Care: Difficult

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"

*Special Note:Because of the increased level of care required for this species it has been marked Advance Aquarist , as an"Advanced Aquarist Species," there is no guarantee provided. 

Small $39.99 Medium $49.99 Large $89.99 XLarge $129.99
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Blue Head Wrasse
Gomphosus varius

Description:The Bluehead Wrasse is a beautiful, multicolored wrasse. Similar to many wrasse species, the Bluehead Wrasse demonstrates dramatic color variation within individuals based on gender and age. The Bluehead Wrasse experiences distinct yet fluid color phases. The juvenile Bluehead Wrasse is generally yellow with black markings along their sides and sometimes on their fins. As an adult, the male Bluehead Wrasse has a bold stripe pattern (black, white, black) that divides a vibrant blue-green and yellow anterior from the namesake blue head. The female Bluehead Wrasse is completely turquoise except for two black stripes.

Recommended Tank: A 75 gallon or larger aquarium with a deep sand bed which it will use when startled or scared to hide in and also to sleep in. Other course substrates should never be used with the Blue Head Wrasse as the rough substate will cause infection and death. Wrasses are known jumpers so the aquarium top should be covered.

Food and diet:The Bluehead Wrasse is a carnivore whose natural diet consists of fish, crustaceans, motile invertebrates, and worms. As such, the Bluehead Wrasse may eat unwanted mantis shrimp or bristleworms in the aquarium. The Bluehead Wrasses does not eat corals or macroalgae. The Bluehead Wrasse diet should include a variety of feeder shrimp, marine flesh, frozen meaty preparations for carnivores, and flaked foods.

Reef Compatability: Not recommended

Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Medium 2" - 3 1/2" Large 3 1/2" to 5 1/2"

Medium $19.99 Large $29.99
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Dragon Wrasse
Novaculichthys taeniourus

Description:The Dragon Wrasse is also referred to as the Rockmover Wrasse. The juvenile has a burgundy body with white markings. The adult does not have the large dorsal spines and has a light-blue to green body with impressive darker markings.

Recommended Tank: A 90 gallon or larger aquarium with a deep sand bed which it will use when startled or scared to hide in and also to sleep in. Other course substrates should never be used with the Red Coris Wrasse as the rough substate will cause infection and death in the Red Coris Wrasse. As the Dragon Wrasse grows it will become agressive, therefore only put in with other aggressive tank mates. Wrasses are known jumpers so the aquarium top should be covered.

Food and diet:The diet should include meaty items such as chopped seafoods, brine or mysis shrimp, blackworms, grass shrimp, and flake food. Larger specimens may be given small feeder fish.

Reef Compatability: Not reef Compatable. As the Dragon Wrasse matures it will start to eat invertebrates such as snails, crabs, and all forms of shrimp. It also will turn over corals and rock looking for food.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"

Small $34.99 Medium $39.99 Large $69.99
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