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Bird Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Bird Wrasse
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The most unique aspect about the Bird Wrasse is its elongated beak which is used to catch long, skinny prey and hold it captive while breaking it up into bite-size pieces. The female is brownish black, and the male is variations of green. For this reason the male is often called the Green Bird Wrasse, and the female, the Black or Brown Bird Wrasse.

A 75 gallon or larger aquarium with large amounts of live rock which furnish food and hiding places provides a good environment. Because the Bird Wrasse is a "jumper," a tight-fitting lid on the tank is necessary. If a pair of Bird Wrasse are to be included in a tank, the female should be introduced first.

The Bird Wrasse diet should consist of a variety of meaty foods, as well as live clams, crustaceans, and worms (including fireworms).

Fish Facts

Name: Bird Wrasse (Gomphosus varius)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 11 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: 75 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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