Due to variations within species, your item may not look
identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between
Care Level: Moderate
Color Form: Black,
Reef Compatible: With
Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 2'
Origin: Africa, South
Minimum Tank Size: 180
The Formosa Wrasse is also referred to as the Formosan
Coris or Queen Coris. The juvenile and adult appearances vary greatly. As a
juvenile, the body color is orange with white tiger stripes across the back.
The stripes and fins are outlined in black. As an adult, the females have a
dark blue-green body with black spots, accented by red on the fins, and a light-blue
diagonal stripe across the orange face. The males have a light-blue body with
vertical blue stripes and several green stripes on the face.
It requires a 180 gallon or larger aquarium with a 4-6
inch layer of sand in which to bury itself. It is an excellent hunter and will
leave no rock unturned (literally) in search of food. The Formosa Wrasse will
eat urchins, crabs, shrimp, and small invertebrates.
The Formosa 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.