Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Red-Lined Wrasse, Halichoeres biocellatus
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Red-Lined Wrasse
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Red-Lined Wrasse (Halichoeres biocellatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Green, Red, White
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 4"
Origin Fiji, Indonesia, New Caledonia
Family Labridae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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Overview

Bold, beautiful, and brimming with personality, the elegantly-striped Red-Lined Wrasse makes the perfect addition to your showcase reef aquarium. Also known in the hobby as the False-eyed or Biocellate Wrasse, juvenile Halichoeres biocellatus and sub adults are easily identifiable by a pair of ocelli on the dorsal fin which disappear with growth.

In the home aquarium, try to replicate seaward reefs of mixed coral and reef rock with sand patches. The Red-Lined Wrasse also prefers to inhabit reef crests and slopes on rocky or rubble-algae substrates. A 50 gallon or larger aquarium with a tight-fitting lid and a 2-3 inch sandy bottom to hide under if frightened makes an ideal environment. Stock with other peaceful wrasses, including other Halichoeres biocellatus.

The Red-Lined Wrasse 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. The Red-lined Wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods. These fish should be offered small quantities of food several times per day.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1 1/4" to 2" Medium 2" to 3" Large 3" to 4"

Customer Testimonials

Adam H Clearwater , FL
Very similar to a Christmas wrasse, but with more red, which I really enjoy. I ordered a subadult female, but was happy to receive a subadult male already displaying male coloration. This fish arrived fat and healthy. Live aquaria really lived up to the reputation on this fish. Additionally, it's a Halichoeres wrasse so it's peaceful and gets along with my other Halichoeres wrasses.
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