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Blackedge Thicklip Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Blackedge Thicklip Wrasse
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The Blackedge Thicklip Wrasse is also referred to as the Half-and-Half Wrasse or Banner Wrasse. The front half of the body is light silver-gray, while the back half is velvety black. It tends to be a very finicky fish that often refuses to eat when first introduced to captivity.

A 150 gallon or larger aquarium with a sandy bottom, live rock, and peaceful tank mates will be ideal. Unlike other wrasses, the Blackedge Thicklip prefers to "nest" among coral branches rather than hide under sand substrate. It should be the only member of its species present in the tank.

The diet should consist of live brine shrimp, mysid shrimp, along with crustaceans and other items from live rock.

Like other wrasse, they are generally compatible with: Large Angelfish, Boxfish, Damselfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Blackedge Thicklip Wrasse (Hemigymnus melapterus)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 20 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: No

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 150 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Difficult

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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