Aquarium Fish

Eightline Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Eightline Wrasse
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The Eightline Wrasse is also known as Eightstripe Wrasse or Eight Lined Wrasse. As its name implies, it has eight, horizontal red stripes on a striking orange body. Its fins and tail are intricately detailed.

A 20 gallon or larger aquarium equipped with plenty of rocks for hiding among and live rock to graze from is ideal. The Eightline Wrasse is very aggressive towards other Wrasses and best kept singly. If it is to be housed in an aggressive community tank, it should be introduced first. It will do well with larger fish that can defend themselves. It is harmless to corals where it loves to hide, but will eat shrimp, crabs, and other small crustaceans, snails, urchins, and bristleworms.

The diet should include chopped seafood, mysid shrimp, and vitamin-enriched frozen preparations for carnivores.

Fish Facts

Name: Eightline Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus octotaenia)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 5 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Gravel or sand

Reef Compatible: With caution

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 20 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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