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Cocktail Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Cocktail Wrasse
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The Cocktail Wrasse is also referred to as the Long Jaw Wrasse or Flagfin Wrasse. It has a mottled red body with white facial markings.

A 55 gallon or larger aquarium is suitable. If placed in a reef aquarium, it would try to eat a number of the smaller inhabitants such as shrimp, small fish, snails, serpent stars, bristleworms, and mantis shrimp.

Its diet should consist of a variety of live foods, (shrimp, worms), flaked food, and frozen, meaty preparations for carnivores.

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

They are not compatible with: Batfish, Pseudochromis, Seahorses & Pipefish and Sharks & Rays.

Fish Facts

Name: Cocktail Wrasse (Pteragogus flagellifer)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indian Ocean

Size: Up to 8 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: With caution

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 Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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