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Formosan Coris

posted: 05/15/12
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Formosan Coris
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The Formosan Coris is also referred to as the Formosa Wrasse or Queen Coris. The juvenile and adult appearances vary greatly. As a juvenile, the body color is orange with white tiger stripes across the back. The stripes and fins are outlined in black. As an adult, the females have a dark blue-green body with black spots, accented by red on the fins, and a light-blue diagonal stripe across the orange face. The males have a light-blue body with vertical blue stripes and several green stripes on the face.

It requires a 100 gallon or larger aquarium with a 4-6 inch layer of sand in which to bury itself. It is an excellent hunter and will leave no rock unturned (literally) in search of food. The Formosan Coris will eat urchins, crabs, shrimp, and small invertebrates.

The diet should consist of seafoods, brine or mysid shrimp, live black worms, and flaked foods.

Fish Facts

Name: Formosan Coris (Coris formosa, Coris frerei)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indian Ocean

Size: Up to 24 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Gravel or sand

Reef Compatible: No

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 100 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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