Aquarium Fish

Hardwick’s Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Hardwick's Wrasse
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The Hardwick's Wrasse is also known as the Sixbar Wrasse or Hardwicke Wrasse. As an adult, it has a pastel blue body with six, vertical dark body stripes and a distinct "daisy" print around the eyes made of a few different pastel colors.

It should reside in a 75 gallon or larger aquarium with larger, aggressive tank mates, and plenty of rocks for hiding. It will become territorial and harass any new additions to the community, therefore, it should be added last to the aquarium. It may be kept with a mate if the aquarium is 125 gallons or larger. It may eat mantis shrimp and bristleworms. It does not eat corals or live plants.

Its natural diet consists of fish, crustaceans, motile invertebrates, and worms. The diet in an aquarium, should include a variety of feeder shrimp, marine flesh, frozen meaty preparations for carnivores, and flaked foods.

Fish Facts

Name: Hardwick's Wrasse (Thalassoma hardwicke)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea

Size: Up to 8 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: 75 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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