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Vrolik's Wrasse, Male
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Vrolik's Wrasse, Male (Halichoeres chrysotaenia)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue, Green, 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 5"
Origin Indonesia
Family Labridae
Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
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Put on a pair of shades before acclimating this one out of the box, because the Male Vrolik's Wrasse is a true razzle-dazzler. Neon red stripes pop against iridescent blues and greens. A sunny yellow dorsal fin glows under the glimmer lines of your lighting system.

Halichoeres chrysotaenia, while appearing similar to Halichoeres melanurus, can be differentiated by its spotted caudal fin, whereas H. melanuras has lines on its caudal fin that form a single black spot when compressed.

A 70 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. 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: Juvenile (Small): 1-1/2" to 2-1/4"; Adult (Medium): 2-1/4" to 3-1/4"

Customer Testimonials

Jason C Allentown , PA
An amazing fish all around. Very vibrant, unique coloration and an awesome personality to match. Constantly picking at the live rock and sand, and keeps my reef pest free. Acclimated relatively quickly to my tank. Ate frozen food right out of the bag. When available, grab one, you won't be disappointed.
Barret R San Antonio , TX
I received this wrasse in great condition went under the sand for the first night and the second night he was out and ate frozen brine shrimp.
Doug C San Diego , CA
I have had my Vrolik's wrasse for over 2 years. He disappeared into the sand the first 5 days I had him and I began to worry. On day 6 he emerged from the sand and has been healthy and active ever since. Last year he acquired a taste for flatworms and cleaned the tank out! At feeding times he lets the mystery wrasse know who's boss but other wise is completely peaceful with all the other fish in the tank including a sailfin tang, eibli angel, ocellaris clown, azure damsel and starry blenny
Gabriel W York , PA
This an amazing fish! The picture does no justice to his coloration. He rarely bothers my clean up crew and eats flatworms and bristleworms. He is not at all aggressive to any of my fish and was definitely worth the purchase! I highly recommend him!
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