Choati Wrasse (Macropharyngodon choati)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 91 ft. Size: 4.3 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Forams, small snails, small crustaceans
Natural History: Choat's leopard wrasse is found singly and in small groups on reef flats over coral rubble, sometimes next to dropoffs. It is also found in areas with large growths of macroalgae. This species burrows at night or when threatened. Adults are found singly or in pairs while juveniles form small groups.
Husbandry: The Choati Wrasse should be housed in an aquarium with live sand and rock. It feeds on very small organisms which it will find in the sand and rock. It is naturally resistant to ich and velvet diseases but vulnerable to copper medications. It is peaceful with other unrelated species but may be territorial with other Choati Leopard Wrasses. Only one male should be housed per tank.
AKA: Choat's Wrasse, Choat's Wrasse
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