Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Tanaka's Pygmy Wrasse, Wetmorella tanakai
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Tanaka's Pygmy Wrasse
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Tanaka's Pygmy Wrasse (Wetmorella tanakai)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 10 gallons
Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 2½"
Color Form Black, Red, White
Diet Carnivore
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Origin Indonesia
Family Labridae
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Overview

Available for the first time outside Diver's DenĀ®, Tanaka's Pygmy Wrasse, or the Tanaka Possum Wrasse, delivers entrancing coloration made even more mystifying by its secretive nature. This cautious rock dweller boasts a stunning sunset reddish-orange body accented with four thin white bands, plus two false eyespots above and below the tail. Identified in 2007, the Tanaka's Pygmy Wrasse is the namesake of acclaimed researcher Hiroyuki Tanaka, MD.

In the wild, Tanaka's Pygmy Wrasse' diet is small benthic invertebrates. In the home aquarium, their 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.

Provide plenty of caves and hiding spots as Tanaka's Pygmy Wrasse is a very secretive species. House with other peaceful fish to help encourage this shy beauty out of the rockwork. They will not bother any corals or invertebrates making them a perfect fish for the reef aquarium. A single male can be kept with a group of females that is introduced prior to or at the same time as the male. These wrasses like to jump, so a tight-fitting canopy is recommended.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/4" to 2-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Matthew R Hillsborough , NJ
I just got my tanakas wrasse today and I must say it is the most colorful fish I've ever owned it's a must have for your reef tank.
Charles Wright Brunswick , ME
Excellent addition to my nano reef! This little guy is always out and about during the day. Scours the rocks and sand bed for food at dusk and dawn and sleeps in his cave when dark. He's taking a liking to my Clown fish pair and seems to play with them. Gets along with all fish in the tank My particular Tanaka Wrasse nips at snails antenna, although they close up too quickly for him. Also, he ate a peppermint cleaner shrimp, so i would advise being careful with your choice on having the two. Not sure how he'd be with hermits. Overall, I'm very happy with this addition to my tank. Tank you LiveAquaria for providing beautiful and healthy speimens.
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