Other Common Names:
Adults - Rockmover Wrasse, Rock Mover Wrasse.
Characteristics and Compatibility:
- Juveniles are suitable for a community tank at first, but as they grow they become very aggressive. Individuals should be kept singly, and large specimens housed with other larger aggressive or predatory species.
- Named a Rockmover Wrasse because it is notorious for turning over and moving rocks and corals around to look for food. This can cause damage to desirable organisms, and rock formations to become unstable, which may result in toppling rocks to damage the tank's structure.
- Buries in the sand to sleep at night and for protection when frightened or harassed.
Diet and Feeding:
- Carnivore that possesses two prominent teeth in the front of each jaw that are used for feeding on its favorite prey -- small fishes, all types of desirable crustaceans and motile invertebrates, which includes serpent and brittle starfishes, bad bristle as well as beneficial worms, shrimps, hermit crabs, crabs, and snails.
- Should be fed a hardy diet of suitably bite-sized pieces of meaty foods that includes fresh or frozen seafoods, silversides, 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:
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