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Wrasses are an incredibly large and diverse group of fishes with many species that make outstanding aquarium specimens. Hardy, interesting, colorful, and relatively easy to keep, most wrasses are half a foot or less in length. Although not a scientific distinction, there are two kinds of wrasses for the aquarists to consider—reef-safe and not reef-safe.

The reef safe wrasse will not pick at nor consume corals or most invertebrates. They are some of the most colorful of the moderately-sized saltwater fish that can be incorporated into a reef aquarium. Many of these wrasse fish species are very active by nature and are nearly always swimming out in the open, adding activity and beauty to either a reef or peaceful fish-only aquarium.

The not reef safe wrasse are very beautiful and active fish that will make a wonderful addition to any moderate to large sized marine fish only aquarium. Because of their diet in nature, these fish are ill-suited for a reef aquarium, as they will readily consume most crabs, snails and tube worms. The ideal aquarium will have plenty of live rock for hiding and a sandy substrate for burrowing into at night.

  • Green Bird Wrasse

    Gomphosus varius

  • Argus Wrasse

    Halichoeres argus

  • Brown Bird Wrasse

    Gomphosus varius

  • Carpenter Flasher Wrasse

    Paracheilinus sp

  • Cleaner Wrasse

    Labroides dimidiatus

  • Clown Fairy Wrasse

    Cirrhilabrus solorensis

  • Divided Wrasse; Maldives

    Macropharyngodon Sp

  • Dragon Wrasse: Juv.

    Novaculichthys taeniourus

  • Exquisite Wrasse

    Cirrhilabrus sp

  • Filamented Flasher Wrasse

    Paracheilinus filamentosus

  • Flame Wrasse; Haw.

    Female Cirrhilabrus jordani

  • Flame Wrasse; Haw.

    Male Cirrhilabrus jordani

  • Four line Wrasse; Haw.

    Pseudocheilinus tetrataenia

  • Green Coris Wrasse

    Halichoeres chloroptereus

  • Half-And-Half Thicklipwrasse: Juv

    Hemigymnus melapterus

  • Harlequin Tusk; Aus.

    Lienardella fasciata

  • Harlequin Tusk; Phi.

    Lienardella fasciata

  • Leopard Wrasse

    Macropharyngodon meleagris

  • Lineatus Fairy Wrasse: Male; Aus.

    Cirrhilabrus lineatus

  • Lubbock’s Fairy-wrasse

    Cirrhilabrus lubbocki

  • McCoskeri Flasher Wrasse: Male

    Paracheilinus mccoskeri

  • Melanarus Wrasse: Male

    Halichoeres malanurus

  • Mystery Wrasse; Marshall Is.

    Pseudocheilinus ocellatus

  • Pylei Fairy Wrasse

    Cirrhilabrus pylei

  • Radiant Wrasse; East Africa

    Halichoeres Sp

  • Red Coris Wrasse: Haw.

    Coris gaimard

  • Red Coris Wrasse: Juv.

    Coris gaimard

  • Red Line Wrasse

    Halichoeres Sp

  • Red-head Rainbow Wrasse: Male

  • Rosy Scale Fairywrasse

    Cirrhilabrus sp

  • Six Line Wrasse

    Pseudocheilinus hexataenia

  • Slingjaw Wrasse: Female

    Epibulus insidiator

  • Temminicki Fairy Wrasse: Male

    Cirrhilabrus temminicki (L)

  • Whip-Fin Flasher Wrasse

    Paracheilinus sp

  • X’Mas Wrasse; Hawaii

    Halichores Sp

  • Yellow Banded Possum Wrasse

    Wetmorella nigropinnata

  • Yellow Wrasse

    Halichoeres chrysus

  • Yellow-cheek Tuskfish

    Choerodon anchorago

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Updated: July 16 2012


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