Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Red Breast Wrasse, Cheilinus fasciatus
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Red Breast Wrasse
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Red Breast Wrasse (Cheilinus fasciatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Brown, Red, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 1' 4"
Origin Indonesia
Family Labridae
Minimum Tank Size 180 gallons
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Overview

This hard-to-find Red-Breast Wrasse, also known as the Redbreasted Maori Wrasse, is sure to drop jaws the next time your reefer friends stop by. While its size alone is more than impressive, the Red Breast Wrasse boasts six or seven white vertical stripes against a reddish-brown body, with a splendid yellow-orange pop of color surrounding the pectoral fin.

While the Red Breast Wrasse can grow rather large, they are generally a shy species and should only be housed in an appropriately large aquarium with other non-aggressive fishes to avoid being bullied. They are known to move sand around in search of food and will eat hard shell inverts and sometimes small fish.

The Red-Breast Wrasse is commonly found roaming alone in lagoons and inner reefs, along reef edges and rubble piles, and can often be seen resting on the sea bed. Feed a prepared plankton diet to mimic their common natural diet.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 5"; Large: 5" to 7"

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