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Choat’s Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Choat's Wrasse
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The Choat's Wrasse, also known as the Choati Red Leopard Wrasse, has two different appearances depending on its age. The adult form, has a white body with red spots and heavy red striping at the face. A patch of yellow is found at the gill covers. The younger Choat's Wrasse have a semi-transparent body with a few orange patches.

A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with well established live rock and a layer of live sand provides a good environment. It eats small invertebrates (foraminiferans and amphipods) that grow on live rock.

The Choat's Wrasse diet should be supplemented with live feeder shrimp and live black worms.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Choat's Wrasse (Macropharyngodon choati)

Family: Labridae

Range: Australia

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

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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