Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Max. Size: Up to 15"
Red Coris Wrasse African (Coris gaimard)
The Red Coris Wrasse, otherwise known as the Red Labroid, the Clown Wrasse, or the Yellowtail Coris, change color with maturation.
As juveniles, they are a bright orange with black and white tiger stripes/markings running across their backs. Their caudal fins are partly orange with black lining and are partly translucent. When the Red Coris matures, they can grow to a foot long and their coloring changes dramatically. Their orange bodies transform into a speckled blue, and their faces are striped with orange and green markings. Also, their fins are no longer solid in color. They are adorned with reds, blues, and yellows. These fish do not display drastic sexual dimorphism traits, but male Red Coris Wrasses do have a light green stripe above their anal fins unlike their female counterparts.
It is best to house the Red Coris Wrasse in a 125 gallon tank or larger with a sand at the bottom for burrowing, sleeping, and hiding. As juveniles, these fish are safe with most fish and will not eat them, but as they grow, they can get a bit aggressive. They should not be kept on crushed coral or any similar substrate because they don’t do well with such substrates, and they are reef compatible but shouldn’t be kept with invertebrates.
The diet of the Red Coris Wrasse should include: meaty foods such as brine shrimp and mysis shrimp, marine algae, marine pellets, and marine flakes.