Aquarium Fish

Banana Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Banana Wrasse
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The Banana Wrasse is also known as the Yellow-brown Wrasse, Sunset Wrasse, or Yellow Wrasse. As an adult, it takes on a yellow appearance if female, and a blue appearance if male. Both sexes have facial markings in green and fine vertical striping along the body. The fins are very colorfully marked.

It should reside in a 55 gallon or larger aquarium, with other aggressive tank mates, and plenty of rocks for hiding. It will become territorial and harass any new additions to the community, therefore, it should be added last to the tank. It may be kept with a mate, if the aquarium is 125 gallons or larger. It may eat mantis shrimp and bristleworms. It does not eat corals or live plants.

Its natural diet consists of fish, crustaceans, motile invertebrates, and worms. The diet in an aquarium, should include a variety of feeder shrimp, marine flesh, frozen meaty preparations for carnivores, and flaked foods.

Fish Facts

Name: Banana Wrasse (Thalassoma lutescens)

Family: Labridae

Range: West Pacific

Size: Up to 12 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Gravel or sand

Reef Compatible: No

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 55 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Laevel: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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