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Lyretail Wrasse
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Lyretail Wrasse (Thalassoma lunare)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Blue, Red, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 10"
Origin Africa, Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Sumatra
Family Labridae
Minimum Tank Size 125 gallons
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The Lyretail Wrasse is also referred to as the Lunare Wrasse or Moon Wrasse. Juveniles are blue on the lower half of their body, with a black spot in the middle of the dorsal fin and a black blotch on the caudal fin base. As the fish matures, the black blotch will start turning into a yellow crescent. Their body will begin turning green with bright facial and fin markings.

The Lyretail Wrasse should reside in a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with larger, aggressive tank mates, and plenty of rocks for hiding. It will become territorial and harass any new additions to the community, therefore, it should be the last fish added to the aquarium. It may be kept with a mate if the aquarium is 150 gallons or larger. It may eat mantis shrimp and bristleworms. It does not eat corals or live plants.

The Lyretail 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" to 2"; Small/Medium: 2" to 3" Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4" to 5"; X Large: 5" to 7"

Customer Testimonials

Connie C Seneca , IL
There is no doubt about it is a beautiful specimen, but mine acts extrememly territorial in my 200 gallon. I only have four fish. A Lion, the Wrasse, a Blue Tang, and a Mandarin Dragonet. It torments my Blue Tang all the time, but leaves the other fish alone. I don't recomend putting it with a Blue Tang.
Eric Seattle , WA
A truely personable fish - loves humans. Ours likes to dance with my 5 year old daughter and plays fetch with shiney objects moving along the glass. Only problem is that mine loves to torment snails and hermits.
Grant G Fishers , IN
Very cool and active fish - I love mine! He gets along with everything in my tank, even my one-inch Damsel.
Ralph M Staten Island , NY
I have seen very little aggression from my Lyretail Wrasse. He happens to be one of my more personable and peaceful fish, and it's a true pleasure owning him.
Grant G Fishers , IN

I love my Wrasse. He is one of my favorite fish. I got him a year ago - he is still about 5 inches long and very active. Great fish.
Shaun S Imperial , CA
Very active fish. Likes to follow humans around. Be careful, he will either harass or eat smaller fish!
Chris K PA
I just got my Lunare Wrasse a week ago he is doing good. He is not a picky eater, infact he eats pretty much everything! He especially loves feeder fish and ghost shrimp. He is a very smart fish, he likes to ambush the food, and he eats alot!
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