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Redtail Tamarin Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Redtail Tamarin Wrasse
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The Redtail Tamarin Wrasse, also known as Redtailed Wrasse, Redtail Hawaii Wrasse, or Psychedelic Wrasse, has a black body covered with varying sized white dots. The tail is white with a red band at the end. The male has a more colorful head. When courting, the male will display an increased color intensity.

It requires a 55 gallon or larger aquarium with a 2 inch layer of live sand in which to bury itself, and a secure lid to keep it from jumping out of the tank. A single male can be kept with a group of females that are introduced prior to or at the same time as the male.

The Redtail Tamarin Wrasse may be very difficult to keep in an aquarium due to its feeding habits. It eats very small invertebrates (amphipods) that grow on live rock. The diet should also include live, small feeder shrimps (brine, mysid) and finely chopped marine meats.

Fish Facts

Name: Redtail Tamarin Wrasse (Anampses chrysocephalus)

Family: Labridae

Range: Pacific

Size: Up to 7 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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