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Blue Star Leopard Wrasse EXPERT ONLY (Macropharyngodon bipartitus)
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Care Level Expert Only
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue, Green, Orange, Tan, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 5"
Origin Africa, Maldives
Family Labridae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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Overview

The Blue Star Leopard Wrasse, also known as the Vermiculite Wrasse, or Divided Wrasse, has a distinct color pattern. The females or juveniles have a pearly white body with a combination of mottled oranges, yellows, and browns, with light blue spots found throughout the pattern, along with a large blue to black spot on their stomach. The males are brilliant neon green and blue with black outlines in a broken striped pattern down the length of their bodies.

Like other members of the genus Macropharyngodon these fishes require a fine sandy substrate as they bury themselves at night for protection. They require a very well established aquarium as they naturally hunt for small crustaceans throughout the day.

Leopard Wrasse are challenging fish to adapt to a captive environment, but in the hands of the expert reef aquarist who can provide these fishes with the proper care and environment, they can thrive and make for an incredible display. It is ideal to introduced Leopard Wrasse to the display aquarium well before any larger or more active fishes are introduced, so that they have ample time to settle in and adapt to their new environment, and start feeding on prepared foods well. If trying to maintain a small group of these fishes, introducing them simultaneously into the display is ideal. Like other Labroids these fishes have the ability to change sex, as the most dominant fish in the group can turn into a fully functioning male.

This unique wrasse is found around the East African coast in the Western Indian Ocean. The healthiest fishes hail from the Maldives, as this is the only region we offer the Blue Star Leopard Wrasse from.

The Blue Star Leopard 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: Small 1-1/4" to 2", Medium 2" to 2-3/4", Large 3" to 4"

Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution. “Expert Only” aquatic life is exempt from our extended guarantee after their arrival.

Customer Testimonials

Patrick Stoning Plainview , MN
The hardest part about keeping this wrasse is getting it started on a sustainable aquarium diet. Foods such as cyclopseeze and the Reed Mariculture Arcti-pods are great foods for initial offerings. This wrasse should be acclimated slowly to a mature established tank as it will initially graze on the copepods and other microfauna on the live rock as it adjusts to your aquarium. Once this wrasse is eating prepared food it is very hardy and a great addition to a reef tank. Very mobile and beautiful.
Lyn Pullen Reston , VA
My Blue Star Leopard Wrasse has a very peaceful temperament and a great personality. He buries himself in the sand to sleep at 7:00 p.m. every night - never late, never early! When I see a great cloud of sand polluting the water, I know it's 7:00 p.m. and the Wrasse is gone for the night.
Jaana G Salisbury , NC
I have both a female and a male in our tank. Got the female in February 2016 and male a week ago in November 2016. The male is already eating frozen food like a champ, so I expect the pair to have a long and happy life together :)
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