Aquarium Fish

Five Bar Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Five Bar Wrasse
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The Five Bar Wrasse, also known as the Whitebarred Wrasse or Mystery Wrasse, has yellow, blue, and purple hues outlining a smile on the face. The majority of the body is reddish-maroon with thin, white vertical stripes and an eyespot surrounded by a yellowish hue on its green tail. Some younger fish will have more green in the body, which will quickly change to red in the aquarium.

This often hard-to-find species is suitable for a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with lots of live rock and a sandy bottom. It is an excellent fish for a reef aquarium and passive with most popular reef fish, including other wrasses. It is constantly searching for live foods in the form of small crustaceans like pyramidellid snails and commensal flatworms.

It prefers a diet of finely chopped meaty foods and occasionally frozen preparations.

Fish Facts

Name: Five Bar Wrasse (Psuedochellinus mysterii)

Family: Labridae

Range: Marshall Island

Size: Up to 5 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: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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