Mystery Wrasse


The Mystery Wrasse, sometimes referred to as the Whitebarred Wrasse or Fivebarred Wrasse has yellow, blue, and purple hues outlining a smile on the face. The majority of the body is reddish-maroon with thin, white vertical stripes and an eyespot surrounded by a yellowish hue on its green tail. Some younger fish will have more green in the body, which will quickly change to red in the aquarium.

This hard to find species is suitable for a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with lots of live rock and a sandy bottom. It is an excellent fish for a reef aquarium and passive with most popular reef fish, including other wrasses. It is constantly searching for live foods in the form of small crustaceans like pyramidellid snails and commensal flatworms. When full grown, mature Mystery Wrasse may take a liking to smaller ornamental shrimp that are introduced after the wrasse is established in the reef aquarium.

When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. It prefers a diet of finely chopped meaty foods and occasionally frozen preparations.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.020-1025, pH 81-8.4, dKH 8-12
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Labridae

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Johnny April 17, 2009 at 9:47 am

probably one of the most favorite fish I have ever owned. it’s not a very common fish which adds to it. the way it looks was what attracted me to it. I had one for about 4-5 years before one day jumping out of the tank. As with all wrasses, it does feed off pods and whatnot in your tank but also eats food you put in. I fed mine flakes and mysis shrimps sometimes too. Excellent fish. Probably do best in a bigger tank.

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