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Care Level: Easy
Color Form: Blue, Orange, Red, Yellow
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78? F, dKH 8-12, pH
8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 3"
Origin: Africa, Maldives, Sumatra
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons
The McCosker's Flasher Wrasse, also known as a Blue
Stripe Dwarf Parrot, is an attractive reef-safe wrasse sure to be the star of
your aquarium. This hardy wrasse species adapts well to established home
aquariums, making it a beautiful and active addition. The vibrantly colored
male McCosker's Flasher Wrasse is predominantly red/orange with blue,
horizontal stripes that complement its yellow stomach. The orange dorsal fin is
accented with red, yellow, and blue and features a single elongated ray. A
gorgeous, red band across the orange anal fin creates an impressive and bold
color palette. The female coloration and overall appearance is more subdued.
The females also do not feature the large dorsal and anal fins.
The McCosker's Flasher Wrasse requires a 55 gallon
aquarium (or larger) with a tight-fitting lid since it is a jumper. Often found
along reef slopes and rubble zones, the McCosker's Flasher Wrasse will often
swim near the bottom and tends to form small groups where a male swims back and
forth between groups of females. The colors of an adult male intensifies during
courtship and he may flare or "flash" his fins to attract females. We
recommend only one male per aquarium display.
The McCosker's Flasher Wrasse 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.