Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indian, Pacific, to Atlantic Oceans
Depth: 3 to 132 ft. Size: 5.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Crustacean ectoparasites and mucus from other fish
Natural History: The Cleaner Wrasse is found in groups in rich coral areas in ' cleaning stations'. Each group is generally several females and one male. If the male disappears, one female will undergo sex change and become the male. Other species of fish enter the 'cleaning station' and erect their fins, signifying that the they are ready to be 'cleaned'.
Husbandry: The Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) is the most commonly available and durable species of cleaner wrasse. A well-stocked community tank and frequent copepod feedings may be required to keep a Cleaner Wrasse healthy in an aquarium. The Cleaner Wrasse may nip incessantly at the mantle of tridacnid clams, resulting in their death. They also may be aggressive with other wrasses possessing broad lateral stripes.
Reproduction: This species has bred in captivity. Male and females court one another by engaging in cleaning behavior and then dispense gametes as they swim vertically off the bottom.
AKA: Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse
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