The Hoeven's Wrasse is also referred to as the Tail Spot Wrasse, the Yellow-lined Wrasse, the Orange-tipped Rainbowfish, the Tailspot Wrasse, and the Pinstriped Wrasse. The body of this fish is blue-green in color and has pink or yellow stripes running horizontally across its sides. The color of the juvenile is more muted.
A 50 gallon or larger aquarium with a tight-fitting lid, a 2-3 inch sandy bottom to hide under if frightened, and other peaceful wrasses, including its own species, is an acceptable environment.
It will eat fireworms and pyramidellid snails, protecting corals and clams. In addition, it may eat feather dusters, wild shrimp, tubeworms, and flatworms. It may also eat parasites off of tank mates. When first introduced into the aquarium, live
saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. Regular feedings should include a variety of prepared and live meaty foods, such as feeder shrimps, flaked foods, and marine fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2 1/2"; Medium: 2 1/2" to 3 1/2"; Large: 3 1/2" to 4 1/2"
Jennifer M. Simi Valley, CA
I have one of these in my reef, and he's a great addition to the community. He has shown my shy fish that it's "ok" to swim around when people are staring in the tank. He swims back and forth non-stop, hovering aroung the rocks looking for interesting morsels to eat. He seems to get along with everyone, including my inverts.
Great fish! I have my wrasse in a reef tank and he has proven himself to be a great addition. I keep him well fed and I have never seem him go after any inverts. He gets along really well with the other fish(clownfish, sailfin tang, kaudern's cardinal, chromis).
Despite being listed in the not reef safe section for wrasses, I took the chance several months ago and placed him in a reef setting. The fish is delightful with a great personality and friendly to all. Would highly recommend this fish. Eats like a horse, buries himself at night.