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Yellowtail Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Yellowtail Wrasse
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The Yellowtail Wrasse is also referred to as the Yellow-tail Tamarin, or Spotted Wrasse. It has a black body covered with varying sized white dots. The tail is bright yellow.

It requires a 55 gallon or larger aquarium with a 2 inch layer of live sand in which to bury itself. It is a jumper, so a secure lid on the aquarium is required.

The Yellowtail 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.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Yellowtail Wrasse (Anampses meleagrides)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indo-Pacific, The Great Barrier Reef, Red Sea

Size: Up to 9 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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