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What Do You Mean By Reef Safe Fish?

As you know not all marine aquarium fish are reef safe. Many saltwater fish will harm corals, many saltwater fish will harm or kill invertebrates. Reef Safe saltwater fish are marine fish that are safe for corals and invertebrates to include in any reef aquarium. While it has to be said that no marine fish can be considered 100% trustworthy around live coral and small invertebrates, purchasing any of the saltwater fish in the Reef Safe category will be as close to a best choice for a reef aquarium as you can get. There are rouge fish in any species, so if your new tank member is messing with your corals or invert's, remove it and take it for a ride to the LFS. If you ever are confused or have a question while trying to decide which fish to buy for your home reef tank don't hesitate to email for our expert opinion.

Which Wrasse's Qualify as Reef Safe

Well, of course that would be a wrasse which can be kept in a reef safely, right? But the problem here is, " safe in a reef " is not a universal definition and different people have different ideas as to what qualifies. Therefore, lets consider three categories of wrasses: 1) Completely reef safe, 2) Mostly reef safe, and 3) Dont do it! This page will focus on wrasses in categories 1. If a species and/or genus is not mentioned here, there is a 90% chance it falls into the " Dont Do It catagory. There will be some species omitted which are reef safe but they are omitted due to their obscurity in the trade.

There are ten genera of wrasses which are considered to be reef safe and are sometimes available for the reef aquarium. The absolute most common reef safe fish are all the different Cleaner Wrasse and fairy wrasse's species. The Fairy and Flasher style wrasses in this grouping below are found throughout tropical Indo-Pacific shallow waters swimming two to eight feet above sand or rocky substrata. Most can be found in depths ranging from 10 - 75 feet, although a few rarer ones are found deeper than 150 feet. Generally, these fish form aggregations of one dominant male and several (or more) females, and they spend the better part of their day feeding. The males are always larger and more colorful than the females and will flash or display more vibrant colors during courtship. But there are other

Ten Genera of Wrasses Considered To Be Reef Safe

  • Anampses
  • Cirrhilabrus
  • Halichoeres
  • Labroides
  • Macropharyngodon
  • Paracheilinus
  • Pseudocheilinus
  • Pseudocheilinops
  • Pseudojuloides
  • Wetmorella
Special Note: When you see "Aquarium Conditioned" on one of our featured saltwater fish, it means the fish have gone through our Aquarium Conditioning Process which is from 26 days to 60 days long, depending on species. During this time the arriving ocean fresh fish first go through Quarantine, then go into our aquarium life systems. In our aquarium life systems they will get used to aquarium life and we work on getting them to eat well through a special process we use to change ocean fresh saltwater fish over to our aquarium conditioned fish. The process includes enough time to let us have confidence sending marine fish to you knowing they will do well in proper aquarium conditions and they will also eat well, which are the two most important factors if you expect a long life saltwater aquarium fish.

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African Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse

Labroides dimidiatus
Picture of Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus. YouTube Video on the African Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse

Description: The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus from Africa do the same job as the more common Cleaner Wrasse from the Pacific but they are much hardier. They will eat aquarium food much easier than their cousin and therefore is much easier to keep alive. is one of the most well-known and well-studied species famed for its habit of ingesting the parasites found on other fishes. Countless scientific studies have examined the particulars of this symbiotic feeding relationship and ultimately shown that this small fish is one of the most singularly important species for the overall health of coral reef ecosystems. But, despite this fish’s abundance and prominence in the wild, it appears that generations of researchers may have missed one crucial detail concerning it… there is more than one species of Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse! The African Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse sports a sliver front half, blue back half with a black streak down its sides. They are active swimmers and are great replacements for cleaner shrimp.

Tank Recommendations: The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse requires plenty of swimming room as they are very active fish, and should be housed with dissimilar shaped and colored fishes in the community marine aquarium. A tight fitting lid or canopy is a must as they can leap from open topped aquariums or into uncovered overflow boxes in reef ready style displays.

Food and diet: Feed finely chopped meaty foods such as shrimp, brine shrimp, squid, clams, chopped beef heart all vitamin enriched with Selcon or something similar. In the wild they feed constantly while performing their normal cleaning activities, in the aquarium they should be fed several times a day.

Reef Compatability:Excellent

Level of Care: The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse is difficult to care for only because of its feeding habits. They are unable to store large amounts of food and must be fed throughout the day. Otherwise, the Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse is quite easy to care for given a suitable tank. They can often live over eight years, with the only difficult hurdle being their feeding.

Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/4" to 3-1/2"


$24.99


Aquarium Conditioned
Melanurus Fairy Wrasse (Male)

Halichoeres melanurus (Melanisia
Picture of Melanurus Wrasse,Halichoeres melanurus YouTube Video the Beautiful Melanurus Wrasse

Description: The Melanurus Wrasse, is also called the The Hoeven's Wrasse, Tail Spot Wrasse, Yellow-lined Wrasse, Orange-tipped Rainbowfish, and Pinstriped Wrasse. One of the best kept secrets in the hobby, the Melanurus Wrasse is one of the best problem solvers for Planaria flatworms in reef aquariums. It also protects both corals and clams by eating fireworms. The Melanurus Wrasse will consume flatworms and you will see the difference within a matter of a couple of days. Once the flatworms are gone you have an attractive, friendly fish that will readily adjust to a captive diet and frequent the water column with activity. It can be housed with a wide-range of fish species and rarely bothers tank mates.

Tank Recommenations: A 55 gallon or larger aquarium with a shaded area is recommended. A 2 to 3 inch sand bed so they cab bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened.

Food and diet: Feed a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched finely chopped meaty foods such as shrimp, brine shrimp, squid, clams, chopped beef heart all vitamin enriched with Selcon or something similar. Feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2" to 2",Medium 2" to 3",Large 3" to 4"






Small $39.99 Medium $49.99 Large $69.99




Aquarium Conditioned
Six Line Wrasse
Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
Picture of Six Line Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia


Description:The Six Line Wrasse is a popular is a popular Wrasse species among marine aquarists keeping either reef aquariums or FOWLR community aquariums. Six Line Wrasse have very vibrant coloration with 6 distinct blue horizontal blue lines overtop of a base orange body with a green tailfin. Six Line Wrasse are more than just a colorful fish species, but a very active species as well. They will spend much of their time swimming about the aquarium darting in and out of rocky caves and crevices looking for small food items on which to prey. Their active swimming style makes them almost as popular with marine aquarium hobbyists as their vibrant coloration. Six Line Wrasse are considered a "reef safe" Wrasse species, that is unlikely to bother most corals. They will generally spend their time hunting for small micro faunae, small crustaceans, flatworms or bristle worms. It is their propensity for eating bristle worms that has made them a sought after species for may aquarists who are trying to keep bristle worm populations in check. While a peaceful species, Six Line Wrasse will show aggression towards another Six Line Wrasse (unless a mated pair).

Tank Recommendations: It is best to keep this species with plenty of live rock and horizontal swimming room, so that they can patrol a suitable territory and limit aggression towards others. The Six Line Wrasse also benefits from the presence of a refugium, as a strong population of copepods, amphipods and other micro faunae will provide them an excellent food source and curb aggression. Like most Wrasse, the Six Line Wrasse is quite capable of defending itself against larger more boisterous species as its speed and maneuverability make it a difficult species to pick on or bully.

Food and diet: Six Line Wrasse are very active feeders that will generally spend the majority of the day cruising up and down the reef looking for food items on which to feed. In an aquarium with a sufficient population of micro faunae, the Six Line Wrasse will need only supplemental feedings of various meaty foods. Their overall diet should consist of a variety of meaty items including: vitamin enriched meaty frozen preparations, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp or flake or pellet foods formulated for carnivores.

Reef Compatability: Excellent aquarium fish that will help keep your tank clean of many parasites.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-3/4" to 2-1/4"



$24.99




Aquarium Conditioned
Lineatus Fairy Wrasse

Cirrhilabrus lineatus, Australlia
Picture of Lineatus Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus lineatus
Description: Perhaps one of the most beautiful Cirrhilabrus, the Lineatus Wrasse is found only on the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea. They are very colorful, very peaceful and are not seen too often in the aquarium hobby. Found in isolated areas of outer reefs in deep water, collectors work much harder going deeper and searching for this highly desired species. One of the sturdier Cirrhilabrus in the aquarium. The Lineatus Fairy Wrasse make an ideal, peaceful choice for the reef aquarium. The dominant male of this species is more brilliantly colored when compared to the female/sub-dominant male. The female/sub-dominant male of this species has multiple blue horizontal lines covering the head and body, which break into spots as they progress towards the tail. The female/sub-dominant male will change into a dominant male if incorporated into the aquarium as the only Lineatus Fairy Wrasse.
Temperament: Easy going, mellow fish. Gets along with all other tank inhabitants.

Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses.They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 90 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Exquisite Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.

Food and diet:When first placed into the aquarium live saltwater feeder shrimp can be used to help it start eating. Once eating the live feeder shrimp start feeding a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched frozen prepared foods for carnivores, minced table shrimp, and a good flake food. Feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Hardiness: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 4"; XLarge: 4" to 5"



Small $259.99 Medium $279.99
Large $299.99 XLarge $349.99









Aquarium Conditioned
Flame Fairy Wrasse

Cirrhilabrus jordani (Hawaii)
Picture of Hawaiian Flame Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus jordani YouTube Video Flashing Hawaiian Flame Wrasse
Description: The Hawaiian Flame Wrasse is probably the most popular and least available Cirrhilabrus. Jump on it immediately when available. The Hawaiian Flame Wrasse will add a dramatic splash of color to any reef aquarium. Provide it with plenty of live rock and live sand. It is a very peaceful wrasse and can be housed with a wide variety of reef fish, including other small wrasse. A great reef fish, it is often seen cruising all over the tank looking for food. Totally harmless to corals, clams, and ornamental invertebrates, It will help to control pyramidellid snails, and flat worms which are harmful to clams. Do not keep it with aggressive predators, or larger aggressive wrasses.

Temperament: Easy going, mellow fish. Gets along with all other tank inhabitants.

Recommended Tank size: Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses.They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 90 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Flame Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.

Food and diet:When first placed into the aquarium live saltwater feeder shrimp can be used to help it start eating. Once eating the live feeder shrimp start feeding a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched frozen prepared foods for carnivores, minced table shrimp, and a good flake food. Feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Care Level: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 3-1/2"






Female $189.99 Male $349.99
Flame Wrasse, Mated Pair $699.99








Aquarium Conditioned
Ruby Head Fairy Wrasse

Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura

Picture
Description: The Ruby Head Fairy Wrasse also called the Red Eyed Fairy Wrasse has a blue body with striking brilliant red face. Colors of the Red Head Fairy Wrasse may vary by the both the mood of the fish and its surroundings. Like all Fairy Wrasse's when they are courting they will display their most brilliant colors to attract the female of their species. An asy going, mellow fish it will get along with all other tank inhabitants.


Tank Recommendations: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Wrasses. They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 75 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Ruby Head Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium. Note: Wrasses are known to jump from aquariums. Be sure to have some sort of covering with no large open holes that they can escape from.


Food and diet:Best to feed several small meals a day rather than two large meals. Best practice is to use a refugium as part of the system’s filtration. This will provide a constant food supply of small live foods (e.g. copepods). A regular diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.

Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish

Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 4"









$49.99







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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.
*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a guarantee restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restricted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to malnutrition.