Hardwicki Wrasse (Thalassoma hardwicki)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 50 ft. Size: 8 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Crustaceans: crabs, shrimp, copepods, isopods; occasionally small fish
Natural History: The Hardwicki Wrasse is found on lagoons, reef flats, and reef faces, in relatively shallow water. It is generally observed singly or in small groups. This species exhibits initial and terminal phase colors.
Husbandry: The Hardwicki Wrasse is considered a hardy wrasse species that will feed on a variety of aquarium invertebrates. It will consume snails, brittle stars, crustaceans, worms, and even smaller fish. Large terminal phase males should be housed singly. This species requires a large swimming space and frequent feeding because of its high metabolic/active lifestyle.
AKA: Sixbar Wrasse
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