Wrasses are one of the popular fishes in the saltwater aquarium. There are many types of wrasses and some of them being “tank cleaner” are preferred for saltwater tank. Some of the wrasses are reef safe while some of them are not usually preferred for the reef tank.
Wrasses are found usually in indo-pacific & Atlantic in shallow region. Most of the time wrasses are preferred as food in indo-pacific region and are also found in most of the aquarium shops throughout the world.
Facts about Wrasses:
- Wrasses are also leaper so make sure you don’t keep tank open.
- They often burry themselves under sand and are not quite noticeable if they go inside sand.
- Wrasses has over 600 different species in it’s family.
- Some wrasses are suggested to kept with non-aggressive tankmates while some require aggressive or semi-aggressive tank-mates. So research carefully before placing them in the tank.
- You can place some wrasses with puffer fish, live rock and other reef tank-mates.
Some of the wrasses types are also algae eaters and are known as “cleaner wrasses”. Napoleon Wrasse is the biggest wrasse among the family with size of about 7 foot. Wrasses adapt to the tank with rocks, sand and tank with hiding places.
Types of Wrasses
- Yellowtail wrasse
It grows to length of about 13cm and is quite peaceful. You can feed them frozen shrimp,live food regularly.
- Hardwicke Wrasse
It grows upto length of about 20 cm (8inches). It is quite aggressive and should be placed in the tank which has aggressive fishes in it. You can feed them frozen shrimp, live food and flake food.
- Bird Wrasse
It grows to much large length of about 30 cm(12 inches). It is aggressive towards it’s own species and often chases other non-aggressive fishes so place it in the tank with aggressive fishes. Their diet is shrimp food, live and frozen food.
- Lightning Wrasse
Size of this fish is usually 30cm and there is not much more growth than that. It’s quite peaceful but more suitable for semi-aggressive tank. Diet: frozen shrimp, live food and flake discs.
- Clown Wrasse
It’s one of the largest wrasse fish with size of about 14inches(35cms). It is aggressive in nature and is not suitable for reef tank as well. Diet: frozen shrimp, live food and flake discs.
- Lyretail Wrasse
It’s small and has size of about 25cms. Even though it’s small in size but it’s quite aggressive in nature and should be placed in the tank with aggressive fishes. Diet: frozen shrimp, live food and flake discs.
Image– Lyretail Wrasse
Wrasses Food usually is frozen or live food, shrimp food and flake discs. Some of the fishes only accept live food so you can buy frozen live food in case if you don’t get the live food in aquarium.
Breeding: Each type of wrasses have different results when it comes to breeding. Some are known to breed in captivity while some don’t, ask veteran before you think about breeding. Wrasses requires larger tank and temperature of about 72-78°F.
So if you want to maintain larger saltwater aquarium tank then choose your wrasse type by researching it’s compatibility with other tank mates and type of the tank.