Common names for the Carpenters Flasher Wrasse include Carpenter Wrasse, Flasher Wrasse, Redfin Wrasse, Redfin Flasher Wrasse & Pink Flasher Wrasse.

Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse
Carpenter’s Flasher Wrasse

As one of the more colourful reef safe fish, the Carpenter’s Flasher Wrasse is a popular choice amongst reef keepers. It will not harm invertebrates or corals that it is housed with.

It is one of he more peaceful Wrasses, and can do well with small groups of it’s own kind, if they are all introduced at the same time. It will thrive in a community reef aquarium.

They are friendly fish, and not shy. They will often greet the aquarist at the front of the tank and have been known to peck food out of the aquarists’ hands.

Tank Requirements & Facts

Flasher Wrasse
Flasher Wrasse
  • Minimum tank size: 30 Gallon (136 Litres)
  • Prone to disease: No
  • Beginner Compatible: Yes
  • Adult Size: 3 inches (7.6cm)
  • Reef Compatible: Yes
  • Predator Tank Compatible: No
  • Care Level: Easy
  • pH: 8.1 to 8.4
  • Temperature: 22°C to 27°C
  • Preferred Tank Level: All over
  • Tight fitting lid, they have been known to jump.
  • Number to a tank: They can be kept in a harem if all introduced at the same time. They should not be kept with other, more aggressive Wrasses.


  • These are Carnivores
  • They are fast eaters, so you will need to ensure the rest of your aquarium are getting their fair share
  • Flake, live & frozen food are all readily accepted


Place your fish in the bucket and then drip acclimate for about 60 minutes at a rate of 3 drips per second. This should bring the fishes water parameters in line with your tanks parameters.

Once your fish has been drip acclimated, catch the fish with a net and place it gently into your tank. Do not put any of the water the fish originally came in, into your tank.

Are Carpenter’s Wrasses Bullies?

Carpenter Wrasse
Carpenter Wrasse

The simple answer to this is no. They are one of the more sociable Wrasses, and will school with fish of other species with very little negative interaction.

There are few species of community reef fish that this fish will not get along with. Even when they do have a bit of chase around, it won’t last very long & they don’t tend to target the same fish over and over.

They are not a fan of other Wrasses, but this is not really their fault, other Wrasses will tend to target them and bully them. For this reason, the Flasher Wrasse is best kept as the only Wrasse in your aquarium, or kept in a species only tank with a male to female ratio of at least two females to one male.

 Personal Review

Pink Flasher Wrasse
Pink Flasher Wrasse

This fish is one of the most interesting fish in my aquarium. His bright colours attract your eye every time you look at the tank.

He is always the first tome come for food & will think nothing of snatching it from the pipette, he is not a shy fish.

He seems to enjoy flaring up at my Anthia, but he doesn’t chase her, nor does he bother her in any way, he just flashes at her and swims off.

Most of his time is spent cruising around the tank with the two tangs, he follows them around as they graze on the algae, just watching to see if they disturb any uneaten foods from the rock work. He is always active throughout the day, no matter what time you look at the tank.

In all honesty he has been a model citizen in the tank since day one. He bothers no one, he leaves the corals alone, doesn’t go after my hermits or the snails, I am really pleased to have him in the tank.


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