Aquarium Fish

Moon Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Moon Wrasse
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The Moon Wrasse is also referred to as the Lunare Wrasse or Lyretail Wrasse. As an adult, it is green with bright facial and fin markings.

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 the last fish added 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: Moon Wrasse (Thalassoma lunare)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 10 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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