The name Black and White Wrasse describes juveniles, sub-adults and adult females, but not adult males. Having no black and white at all, nor stripes, male Black and White Wrasses look totally different.
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Characteristics and Compatibility:
- Buries in the sand to sleep at night and for protection when frightened or harassed.
- Searches for food by turning over pieces of live rock and coral. Large individuals are very adept at this task, and thus can easily move objects around, which may cause aquarium rock formations to become unstable.
- Typically not aggressive towards other fishes, but larger individuals may harass smaller tankmates. Adults are best kept singly or as a mated pair, otherwise territorial aggression may result.
Diet and Feeding:
- Carnivore that possesses two prominent teeth in the front of each jaw that are used for feeding on its favorite prey -- snails, hermit crabs, crabs, shrimps, mollusks, and sea urchins. Will eat nuisance bristle worms, but other beneficial worms as well, including decorative tube species.
- Should be fed a hardy diet of meaty foods that includes fresh or frozen seafoods, live or frozen brine and mysid shrimp, live grass or ghost shrimp, live black worms, and flake food.
- Recommended Feedings - 3 times a day.
Suggested Minimum Tank Size:
Adults - 150 gallons.
Reef Tank Suitability:
Tiny juveniles typically do not fare well in captivity. It is not unusual for them to waste away and starve to death due to the lack of accepting food, and thus not taking in the high caloric diet they require to survive. It is best to obtain a sub-adult specimen of more than two inches in size, and one that is already eating well to help avoid problems with starvation.
Guide Fish Care Rating:
Juveniles - 3 Stars
Sub-Adults and Adults - 2 Stars