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Six line wrasse
Origin: Pacific, Indian Ocean and Red Sea
Natural habitat:up to 30m deep. It lives in coral reefs.
Females (6/7cm or 2.4/2.8") are smaller than males (10cm or 3.9").
150 L / 33 Imp gal / 40 US gal
T°: 24 à 26°C or 75 to 79°F
pH: 7.8 to 8.5
Density: 1021 to 1025
6 to 10cm (2.4 to 4")
4 to 5 years
How to feed the Six line wrasse?
The six-banded wrasse is a carnivore that feeds on small prey. It usually finds part of its diet naturally in a mature aquarium. For example, as a good ally, it will get rid of planaria and small unwanted worms. The problem is that it is capable of considerably depleting the micro fauna in your aquarium. We therefore recommend that you provide a refuge for your microfauna or make a small technical tank separately for their breeding and make regular contributions.
It is also necessary to supplement its diet to make sure it eats as much as it wants. To do this, nothing could be easier: live or frozen food suits him perfectly. He even accepts dry food quickly! Offer him artemia, krill, pieces of mussels, granules...
What kind of behavior does the Six line wrasse have?
Active, always on the move and fun, this little fish is full of life! It spends most of its time looking for food while walking around the scenery, and swimming between the branches of the corals.
At night, it builds a mucus cocoon in which it sleeps. It is thus perfectly safe from predators (this mucus masks its smell).
Beware, he can be very shy if his decor lacks hiding places! He will then feel obliged to stay in the few he finds. This may seem paradoxical, but the more hiding places you offer him, the more he will show up!
Who can live with the Six line wrasse?
In an aquarium of less than 600 litres / 132 Imp Gal / 158 US Gal, it is better to keep only one representative of this species. From this volume, maintenance in pairs can be considered. In any case, never introduce two males of this species in an aquarium as this would result in the death of one of them.
Generally speaking, this labradoodle is peaceful with all other species. One exception is Pseudochromis, with which they compete for food in the same area of the aquarium. It is very likely that the inevitable depletion of the microfauna will trigger conflicts between these two species. Likewise, the Wrasse does not tolerate the presence of other Labridae on its territory: it is better to avoid their association.
To prevent any cohabitation problems, we recommend introducing it last in the aquarium, after all the other species. It is generally more respectful this way. It is much less tolerant of newcomers.
He likes corals and often swims in their branches, especially the Pocillopora, which he likes very much.
This wrasse cohabits very well with mobile invertebrates. Some large specimens can swallow a shrimp, but this remains very exceptional.
How to breed the Six line wrasse?
Even if mating can be achieved, rearing fry in an aquarium is very, very difficult.
Which aquarium for the Six line wrasse?
It will find its place in a reef aquarium rich in rocks and corals. The ideal setting will be rich in faults, corridors, mazes, hiding places, crevices... This will allow him to devote himself to his main occupation is to survey the decor.
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This fish is easy to maintain and very interesting to observe: it will delight beginners in marine aquarium keeping! Be careful however with the acclimatization phase which can be a small delicate passage, but once passed, that happiness!
Beware of confusion with certain species:
- Pseudocheilinus tetrataenia (four-striped wrasse): the pattern is more or less the same but with only 4 stripes...
- Pseudocheilinus evanidus: identical in size but more elongated in shape. It is also redder.
- Pseudocheilinus octotaenia (eight-banded wrasse): larger and more elongated. It is red with 8 fine purplish lines.
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