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Care Level: Difficult
Color Form: Blue, Green, Red, Yellow
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78? F, pH 8.1-8.4,
sg 1.020-1.025, KH 8-12
Max. Size: 6"
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
The Dusky Wrasse is a relative unknown beauty due to its
sporadic appearance in the aquarium trade. The Dusky Wrasse typifies members in
the Genus Halichoeres demonstrating gregarious activity once properly
acclimated to its new environment. Similarly, coloration varies greatly based
on the age and sex of the Dusky Wrasse. Juveniles and females demonstrate muted
coloration that contrasts sharply against the magnificence of a male-sporting
The adult male Dusky Wrasse is a true "peacock"
sporting a rainbow of colors that peer through a predominantly dusky blue
coloration. Jewel-like red and orange coloration sets off the stunning green
crescent-pattern at the base of the caudal fin. A sunny yellow undertone
brightens the anterior half of the male Dusky Wrasse to dramatic effect.
The ideal setup for the Dusky Wrasse will be a
well-established saltwater aquarium of at least 75 gallons in size aquascaped
with live rock. Incorporate a large area of open substrate as well as open
spaces for swimming. A sandy bottom 2-3 inches in depth provides refuge for the
Dusky Wrasse to burrow in the evening or when frightened. House the Dusky
Wrasse with other peaceful wrasses, including its own species. The Dusky Wrasse
will eat fireworms and pyramidellid snails, protecting corals and clams. In addition,
the Dusky Wrasse also may eat feather dusters, very small wild shrimp,
tubeworms, and flatworms. It may also eat parasites off of tank mates.
The diet of the Dusky Wrasse should include vitamin
enriched frozen mysis shrimp and vitamin-enriched frozen brine shrimp. These
fish need small frequent feeding throughout the day.