- West-Indo Pacific Region: Gomphosus varius (Lacepede, 1801).
- Indian Ocean-Red Sea Region: Gomphosus caeruleus.
Other Common Names:
Changing of Sexes:
Charactertistics and Compatibility:
- A hardy wrasse that adapts rather well to aquarium life. Only one male should be kept to an aquarium. A male-female pair should be added to the aquarium at the same time, introducing the female first.
- Can become aggressive towards other tank mates, especially smaller fishes, and in particular avoid housing with small elongate shaped species, as in all likelihood they will be eaten.
- A wrasse that does not bury in the sand to sleep at night, but will lay on top of the substrate or take refuge in rocks.
- A flighty fish that will leap out of an open aquarium, is constantly on the move, and needs lots of swimming room.
Diet and Feeding:
- Although this fishes bird-like beaked mouth is small, it is adept at grasping prey in its strong jaws, and once captured bashes it against the substrate until it breaks into bite-sized pieces.
- Will eat nasty fire and other nuisance bristle worms, but beneficial and decorative type worms, small crustaceans, snails and such as well.
- Feed a hardy diet of vitamin-enriched frozen brine and mysid shrimp preparations, small bits of fresh or frozen meaty seafoods, and frozen silversides.
- Recommended Feedings - 3 times a day.
Suggested Minimum Tank Size:
Reef Tank Suitability: Not recommended.
Guides Fish Care Rating: Male or Female - 2 Stars.