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Bluehead Wrasse

Greek Name: (Thalassoma bifasciatum)

$29.99

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The Bluehead Wrasse a stunning multicolored wrasse. As with many species of wrasse the Bluehead Wrasse displays striking color variations between individuals depending the gender as well as age. The Bluehead Wrasse has distinct and fluid color changes. Juvenile Bluehead Wrasse tends to be yellow, with black marks along their sides, and occasionally the fins. In adulthood male Bluehead Wrasse is characterized by a striking stripe pattern (black white, and black) which separates a vibrant blue-green and yellow anterior to the blue head that is named after it. Female Bluehead Wrasse is entirely turquoise, with the exception of 2 black vertical bars.

The Bluehead Wrasse must be kept in 75 gallon or more of an aquarium with plenty of live rocks to hide in and an edgy substrate to dig into at night. More gregarious, larger tankmates are suggested as the Bluehead Wrasse can exhibit territorial behavior and annoy new fish that are added to the tank. It should be the final fish to be added to the aquarium. Bluehead Wrasse can be described as a carnivore with a natural diet comprised of crustaceans, motile invertebrates, worms, and fish. Therefore, the Bluehead Wrasse could be a victim of mantis shrimps that aren’t wanted or bristleworms that are in the aquarium. Bluehead Wrasses do not consume macroalgae or corals.

The Bluehead Wrasse’s diet should include vitamin-rich mysis shrimp frozen and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp frozen, and other meaty food items, in addition to the highest quality seafood flake, and marine pellets.

Approximate Purchase Size: Male Medium: 2″ – 3 1/2″; Large: 3 1/2″ to 5 1/2″

 

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Care Level

Easy

Temperament

Semi-aggressive

Color Form

Black, Blue, White, Yellow

Diet

Carnivore

Reef Compatible

With Caution

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size

7"

Origin

Caribbean

Family

Labridae

Minimum Tank

75 gallons

Description

Bluehead Wrasse Info

The Bluehead Wrasse is a stunning and multicolored wrasse. It also displays dramatic color variation among individuals according to gender and age. It is easy to keep and has a longer time within the tank. Because of their stunning color, the Bluehead Wrasse fish are a wonderful accessory to an aquarium. Juvenile Bluehead Wrasse usually has a yellowish hue with black markings on their sides, and occasionally around their fins. In adulthood male Bluehead Wrasse features a bold stripe pattern. It displays territorial behavior and snares new fish into the aquarium. It is therefore the last fish added to the aquarium. Because it is a carnivore, they can eat invertebrates and crustaceans but not macroalgae and corals. This is why it is considered reef-safe, but be cautious. If they are scared the Bluehead Wrasse will hide within the rockwork or might bury themselves within the sand. It is able to coexist with tankmates well and will eat any of the prepared meals that are offered to them. The Bluehead Wrasse is striking in colors and, when it moves through the water with grace is sure to draw everyone’s interest in your aquarium. It is an exquisite fish that excels in jumping, so it is recommended that you keep your Bluehead in a locked aquarium to prevent them from leaving the tank. The adult Bluehead Wrasse has distinct colors when opposed to juvenile. When they reach the age of adulthood, Bluehead Wrasse fish become extremely aggressive and territorial in the wild. Breeding has not yet been achieved in captivity. We suggest keeping a few live rock and a sand bed in your aquarium so that it feels at ease.

Additional information

Size

Large, Medium, Small

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