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Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse
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The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse, also known as the Common Cleaner Wrasse, occurs singly, in pairs, and in groups in conspicuous locations throughout a reef. Different varieties have different color patterns; some are a dark color with a silver streak, while others are white with a dark streak and a bright yellow area at the tail.

In an aquarium 30 gallons or larger, it needs to be kept with a large number of community fish which it can clean and thus obtain food. It may accept substitute foods such as chopped seafoods, brine shrimp, and live black worms. It should be fed at least three times daily. This species of Cleaner Wrasse is more hardy than the others, but is still difficult to feed and maintain, and should only be kept by experienced aquarists.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)

Family: Labridae

Range: Hawaii

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Gravel or sand

Reef Compatible: Yes

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Difficult

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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