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Fish of the Month – Wrasse

Wrasse - Pisces reef Fish Emporium of Las Vegas, Nevada

Wrasses are marine fish. They prefer tropical to subtropical water. Wrasses are considered “reef safe.” These fish are known to be brightly colored. Wrasse are typically large fish. Only a few species from the family should be kept in an aquarium. Most that are kept in an aquarium do not grow past 8 inches in length. Wrasses are mostly long, cigar-shaped (or flattened, cigar-shaped) fish. Wrasses are carnivores. All wrasses have thick lips, often with forward-pointing teeth that gives them somewhat of a bucktooth appearance. All wrasses are hearty eaters and will take a wide variety of foodstuffs, including some algae. Most are very fond of worms, crabs, shrimp, urchins, snails, and mollusks. Some are parasite consumers, others are plankton feeders, and yet others eat coral polyps and/or other fish. Therefore, tankmates need to be carefully selected.The Six-Line Wrasse is quite common, and is very easy to care for. They should be kept singly as it is not that social with co-Wrasse species. They also bury themselves in the sand while sleeping or during flight. The Leopard Wrasse is quite stunning, but a little harder to keep. The require a bit more maintenance. Leopard wrasse are one of the only species of wrasses that can be housed together. This is an example of why it can be so confusing to add fish to an aquarium. Let us help. Stop in to talk to one of the guys at Pisces Reef.