Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Max. Size: Up to 5"
Melanurus Wrasse (Halichoeres Melanurus)
The Melanurus Wrasse, also known as the Hoeven’s Wrasse, are a type of fish that shifts colors with maturity. As juveniles, their coloring is muted.They are pinstriped with blue-green and pink-yellow horizontal stripes. Once they reach a certain age of maturity, their pinstripes become more vibrant, almost neon in color.
It is best to house these fish in a 50 gallon or larger tank with a tight-fitted lid and a 2-3 inch sandy floor to hide under. The Melanurus Wrasse are a peaceful species and tend to do well with other wrasses.
The diet of the Melanurus Wrasse should include: fireworms and pyramidellid snails, protecting corals and clams. They may also eat feather dusters, wild shrimp, tubeworms, flatworms, and parasites off of tank mates. When first introducing a Melanurus Wrasse into an aquarium, feed live saltwater feeder shrimp to entice the fish to eat. Daily feedings should include a variety of prepared, feeder shrimps, flaked foods, and marine fish.