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Red Sea Cleaner Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Red Sea Cleaner Wrasse
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The Red Sea Cleaner Wrasse, also known as the Fourline Wrasse, is a brilliant blue with four, horizontal, lighter blue stripes with purple trimming the tail.

One specimen should be kept per tank in a 55 gallon or larger community aquarium. It should have some live rock available for use as shelter and for food. As a juvenile, it will eat parasites from placid tank mates. Adults feed almost entirely on polyps of stony corals. This is one of the reasons this is such a hard species to keep in an aquarium. It is a very fragile fish and should only be cared for by a very experienced aquarist.

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

They are not compatible with: Batfish, Pseudochromis, Seahorses & Pipefish and Sharks & Rays.

Fish Facts

Name: Red Sea Cleaner Wrasse (Larabicus quadrilineatus)

Family: Labridae

Range: Red Sea

Size: Up to 5 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: With caution

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: Difficult

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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