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Reef Safe Fish: Wrasses

What Qualifies as a Reef Safe Wrasse? Although not a scientific distinction of saltwater fish, those in the aquarium hobby that keep reef aquariums have separated saltwater wrasse species into two kinds of wrasses. The Reef aquarium aquarist separates wrasses into reef-safe and not reef-safe. These are the reef-safe wrasses. A Reef safe wrasse is defined in the saltwater aquarium hobby to indicate that the wrasse is safe to be added to a reef aquarium. There is no fish that is 100% completely reef safe. Every fish that is commonly listed as reef safe are species that usually do not readily consume small fish or invertebrates. These wrasses are for the most part safe in most reef aquariums. Care should be taken to learn each species specific characteristics and potential drawbacks, before adding them to your reef. Not all species are safe for every reef dwelling organism.

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Aquarium Conditioned
Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse
Labroides dimidiatus, Africa
The African Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse sports a sliver front half, blue back half with a black streak down its sides.
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. 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: All Cleaner Wrasse need to feed multiple times a day to live. Because of that we have a arrive alive guarantee only. As long as you can feed often they are very easy to keep.


2" to 3"

$24.99


Aquarium Conditioned
Melanurus Fairy Wrasse (Male)

Halichoeres melanurus, Melanisia
Melanurus Wrasse is one of the best problem solvers for Planaria flatworms in reef aquariums.

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 Recommendations: 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


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.

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

Level of care: Easy

1-3/4" to 2-1/4"

$24.99


Aquarium Conditioned
Lineatus Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus lineatus, Australia The Lineatus Fairy Wrassee, a beautiful fish!

Description: Easy going, mellow fish. Gets along with all other tank inhabitants. Perhaps one of the most beautiful Cirrhilabrus, the Lineatus wrasse is found only on the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. 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. Cirrhilabrus lineatus is collected infrequently, in small quantities.

Tank Recommendations: 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

Level of care: Easy

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

Small $199.99 Medium $229.99
Large $259.99 XLarge $299.99

Aquarium Conditioned
Flame Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus jordani, Hawaii The Hawaii Flame Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus jordani

Description: Easy going, mellow fish. Gets along with all other tank inhabitants. The Hawaiian Flame Wrasse is probably the most popular and least available Cirrhilabrus. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. Will not harm invertebrates and benefits from the numerous hiding places in a well-stocked reef. The Hawaiian Flame Wrasse will add a dramatic splash of color to any reef aquarium.
Tank Recommendations: 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.

Level of care: Moderate

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

Small Juvenile/Female $169.99 Medium Juvenile $189.99
Medium Male $489.99 Large Male $599.99


Aquarium Conditioned
Ruby Head Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura
 Ruby Head Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura

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

Level of Care: Easy

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

$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.