Common names for the Six Line Wrasse include: Six Stripe Wrasse, Six Striped Wrasse, Striped Wrasse,
As one of the more colourful reef safe fish, the Six Line Wrasse is a popular choice amongst reef keepers. It will not harm invertebrates or corals that it is housed with.
The striking look of the Sixline Wrasse is one of the main reasons for them being so popular within the aquarium trade, though they do have other desirable traits.
One of their more popular traits is their notorious predatory nature. They are great for picking at unwanted pests within the aquarium, including smaller bristleworms, some flatworms and other parasitic pests.
They are one of the more shy wrasses, so they like to hide amongst the rockwork within the aquarium, but once settled they will be active members of your reef. This is not always a good thing as they have been known to pick on other more docile fish, including other wrasses. They are very good at guarding a hiding spot that they find desirable.
This undesired behaviour is more prominent when the aquarium is less well fed. Care should be taken to find a balance as to how much is fed to the tank and how much is wasted so as not to cause a nutrient spike within the aquarium.
Tank Requirements & Facts
- 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: Close to liverock.
- Tight fitting lid, they have been known to jump.
- Number to a tank: to be kept singularly.
- 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.
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