Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse
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Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Difficult
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Blue, White
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 5½"
Origin Africa, Maldives
Family Labridae
Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
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Overview

The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse, occurs singly, in pairs, and in groups. This unique fish forms a symbiotic relationship with other species by setting up a “cleaning station” to remove unwanted parasites that may have attached themselves. The Cleaner Wrasse will invite fish to their “cleaning station” by performing a calming up and down movement of their tails. These fish may even clean the inside of larger fish’s mouths and gills.

Procured through a short supply chain in the Western Indian Ocean in very small numbers, the African and Maldivian Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse can thrive in the home aquarium. Requiring advanced care, we recommend this species is only considered by the experienced marine aquarist. The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse requires plenty of swimming room as they are very active fish, and should be housed with dissimilar shaped and colored fishes in the community marine aquarium. A tight fitting lid or canopy is a must as they can leap from open topped aquariums or into uncovered overflow boxes in reef ready style displays.

The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse must be fed small quantities of fresh, meaty food multiple times per day as they do not have the ability to eat large meals at one sitting. Ideal offerings include small pieces of vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other smaller, meaty foods. Once fully adjusted to the home aquarium these fishes can also be offered a high quality marine flake and tiny marine pellet food to complement their staple diet of enriched frozen food.

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

Customer Testimonials

Caleb R Oswego , IL
I have a Cleaner Common Wrasse and I find it hard to believe that they will starve to death. My Wrasse eats smashed cubes of frozen brine shrimp. This is a hardy little fish if you take the time to research other food sources for it. It is one of the most effective ways to treat white-spot (ich), and even more effective when use in tandem with a cleaner shrimp.
Jonathan Z Milledgeville , GA
I ordered one Cleaner Common Wrasse from LiveAquaria.com and two from another distributor. The one from LiveAquaria.com was larger and healthier looking than the other two. It eats well and cleans my other fish peacefully while the two I purchased elsewhere have questionable behavior and are remaining in quarantine. Needless to say, I'll be purchasing my fish through LiveAquaria.com in the future. Everyone needs a Cleaner Wrasse!
Roger K Silver Spring , MD
Extremely easy with the right companions! Spends most of its time with my large Dogface Puffer (seems to drive him crazy) but will also clean Lion, Moray, and others every now and then. Also feeds on dried protozoa.
Paul S Great Falls , VA
I ordered a cleaner wrasse from Live Aquaria and within 2 minutes of being introduced he was out and about cleaning the fish and that same day was pigging out on brine shrimp. its been about 3-4 months since i got him and he eats shrimp flakes and even eats off the veggie clip
R C GA
I ordered two of these rather finicky fish. Both from LiveAquaria were good sized, healthy and very active. Do your research on these guys. I feed mine a home mix of lean minced beefheart with Selcon and amino acids mixed into the slurry. They took to this mixture readily. After a few weeks they began eating other foods (brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, some flaked foods). They are very interesting to watch in the tank.
Kyle F Whitehouse , TX
Love this fish. As soon as I introduced him into my 175 gallon, he has been bold and friendly to all my tank inhabitants. He has cleaned all 13 of my fish and even cleans my arm when I stick my arm in the tank.
Mike Werner Edgewater , MD
I love this fish!i have had a pair from live aquaria for 10 months now and many others over the last 20 years or so. they are extremly easy to acclimate to all kinds of food.keep in mind they don't have large mouths so size selection of food should be on the small side.
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