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Yellow Banded Possum Wrasse
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Yellow Banded Possum Wrasse (Wetmorella nigropinnata)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Orange, Red, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 3"
Family Labridae
Minimum Tank Size 15 gallons
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The Banded Possum Wrasse is also known as the Pygmy Possum Wrasse or Arrowhead Wrasse, and it originates from the waters of Indonesia. The Banded Possum Wrasse has an arrowhead like shape and is mostly red/orange in color with yellow vertical stripes when in its juvenile coloration. As the fish matures the fish will darken to a deep rustish coloration. The male and female of this species are very similarly colored, but when courting, the male will display increased color intensity. Colors may vary depending on the fish's mood.

The Banded Possum Wrasse is a very peaceful, active fish that will bring both color and activity to a fish-only or reef aquarium of 10 gallons or larger. They will not bother any corals or invertebrates making them a perfect fish for the reef aquarium. A single male can be kept with a group of females that is introduced prior to or at the same time as the male. These wrasses like to jump, so a tight fitting canopy is recommended.

The Banded Possum 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: 3/4" to 2"

Customer Testimonials

Brian Scott Bealeton , VA

My dad has a Banded Possum Wrasse in his 42-gallon hexagon aquarium. It eats frozen brine and gets along well with the other fish. It is also somewhat shy and therefore thrives in live rock with plenty of hiding places.
J G Plano , TX
I purchased one from Diver's Den about a year ago. He was very shy at first, but with the right cohabitant fish, he is now out and active quit a bit. The one I got was a little under 3 inches. Much larger than expected from the description. Kind of a clumsy swimmer, moves around like a drunk hummingbird. He is definitely not reef safe. I had an anemone shrimp, a fire shrimp, several peppermints and a skunk cleaner... all gone within weeks of introducing the wrasse. He even preys on certain crabs (porcelain for sure). I watched him tear apart several new additions in seconds after introduced. I purchased this wrasse in the hopes none of this would happen - so buyer beware. I believe any wrasse can go rogue once it gets to a certain size though. Pros - he seems hardy, he can hold his own against the occasional aggression from my maroon clown. He is an expert scavenger of pods and other critters. Cons - murders any shrimp or delicate crabs. But I am sure mine is probably an exception to the rule for these guys. In short - make sure you purchase a small one.
Robin Wright Chicago , IL
I have had one for about 2 years and has never bothered anything. I have 3 types of shrimp including sexy shrimp and clams and shows no interest in them. He eats a little flake food but mostly pods and the like. The only fish in the 15 gallon aquarium and is timid in the light.
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