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Black-backed Wrasse (Anampses neoguinaicus)
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Minimum Tank Size: 120 gallons
Care Level: Difficult
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 9"
Color Form: Black, White
Diet: Carnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu
Family: Labridae

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The Black-backed Wrasse is a moderately-sized wrasse that is striking in its simplicity. The Black-backed Wrasse has an elongated body with dorsal and anal fins that extend almost the entire length of the fish. Towards the rear of both of these fins is a large deep blue eyespot that helps in protecting the fish as a juvenile. They are primarily white in coloration with many vibrant bright blue dots. The top front half of the fish is bluish-black in coloration, which lends to its common name.

The Black-backed Wrasse requires a 120 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock for hiding and foraging for food, though they do not require a sand bed. They may be kept in numbers as juveniles, but may turn aggressive towards each other when fully grown. They should not be kept with invertebrates as they will pick at fanworms, ornamental crustaceans, and tridacnid clams.

The Black-backed 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.

Approximate Purchase Size: Male (Small): 2-3/4" to 3-1/2"; Male (Medium): 3-1/2" to 4-1/2"; Male (Large): 4-1/2" to 6"; Sub Adult (Small): 1-1/2" to 2"; Sub Adult (Medium): 2" to 2-1/2"; Sub Adult (Large): 2-1/2" to 3"


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  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Male (Fiji) - Small
  CN-73964,  $ 119.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Male (Fiji) - Medium
  CN-37551,  $ 149.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Male (Fiji) - Large
  CN-37552,  $ 199.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Male (Australia) - Small
  CN-37553,  $ 119.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Male (Australia) - Medium
  CN-37554,  $ 149.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Male (Australia) - Large
  CN-37555,  $ 199.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Fiji) - Small
  CN-37556,  $ 29.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Fiji) - Medium
  CN-37557,  $ 34.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Fiji) - Large
  CN-37558,  $ 44.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Australia) - Small
  CN-37559,  $ 79.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Australia) - Medium
  CN-37560,  $ 89.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Australia) - Large
  CN-73445,  $ 119.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Vanuatu) - Small
  CN-73446,  $ 29.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Vanuatu) - Medium
  CN-73448,  $ 34.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Vanuatu) - Large
  CN-37503,  $ 44.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Fiji) - Small
  CN-37504,  $ 29.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Fiji) - Medium
  CN-37505,  $ 34.99
 
    
  SW - Black-backed Wrasse, Sub Adult (Fiji) - Large
  CN-37506,  $ 44.99
 
    
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