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Leopard Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Leopard Wrasse
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The Leopard Wrasse is also known as the Guinea Fowl Wrasse, or Blackspotted Wrasse. This species has two different appearances depending on gender. Females are white with multiple black or brown irregular spots with white to blue margins covering the entire body. The female's fins may have accents of yellow or tan. The males have an orangy-red background color with green mottling covering the body.

A 55 gallon or larger aquarium with well established live rock and a layer of live sand is recommended. It eats small invertebrates (foraminiferans and amphipods) that grow on live rock.

The diet should be supplemented with live feeder shrimp, mussel meat, and black worms.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon meleagris)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: Yes

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 55 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Experts Only

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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