The Common Cleaner Wrasse, also known as the Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse, occurs singly, in pairs, and in groups in conspicuous locations throughout a reef. Different varieties have different color patterns; some are a dark color with a silver streak, while others are white with a dark streak and a bright yellow area at the tail.
In an aquarium 70 gallons or larger, it needs to be kept with a large number of community fish which it can clean and thus obtain food. When first introduced into the aquarium, live
saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. It may accept substitute foods such as chopped seafoods, brine shrimp, and live black worms. It should be fed at least three times daily. This species of Cleaner Wrasse is more hardy than the others, but is still difficult to feed and maintain, and should only be kept by experienced aquarists.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small;1-1/2" to 2-1/4; Medium: 2 1/4" to 3 1/4"; Large 3 1/4" to 4"
Caleb R Oswego, IL
I have a Cleaner Common Wrasse and I find it hard to believe that they will starve to death. My Wrasse eats smashed cubes of frozen brine shrimp. This is a hardy little fish if you take the time to research other food sources for it. It is one of the most effective ways to treat white-spot (ich), and even more effective when use in tandem with a cleaner shrimp.
I ordered one Cleaner Common Wrasse from LiveAquaria.com and two from another distributor. The one from LiveAquaria.com was larger and healthier looking than the other two. It eats well and cleans my other fish peacefully while the two I purchased elsewhere have questionable behavior and are remaining in quarantine. Needless to say, I'll be purchasing my fish through LiveAquaria.com in the future. Everyone needs a Cleaner Wrasse!
Extremely easy with the right companions! Spends most of its time with my large Dogface Puffer (seems to drive him crazy) but will also clean Lion, Moray, and others every now and then. Also feeds on dried protozoa.
I ordered a cleaner wrasse from Live Aquaria and within 2 minutes of being introduced he was out and about cleaning the fish and that same day was pigging out on brine shrimp. its been about 3-4 months since i got him and he eats shrimp flakes and even eats off the veggie clip
I ordered two of these rather finicky fish. Both from LiveAquaria were good sized, healthy and very active. Do your research on these guys. I feed mine a home mix of lean minced beefheart with Selcon and amino acids mixed into the slurry. They took to this mixture readily. After a few weeks they began eating other foods (brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, some flaked foods). They are very interesting to watch in the tank.
Love this fish. As soon as I introduced him into my 175 gallon, he has been bold and friendly to all my tank inhabitants. He has cleaned all 13 of my fish and even cleans my arm when I stick my arm in the tank.