Chiseltooth Wrasse (Pseudodax moluccanus)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 9 to 132 ft. Size: 9.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small invertebrates, zooplankton
Natural History: The Chiseltooth Wrasse is found singly on lagoons, reef faces, and slopes. This wrasse is associated with caves and recesses. Juveniles serve as facultative cleaners on reefs. This species buries in sand at night.
Husbandry: The Chiseltooth Wrasse should be housed in an aquarium with a sand bed at least 2 inches deep. Adults may eat ornamental shrimp. Only one should be housed per aquarium. Since the food habits of this species are not well known, caution is advised if housing it in a reef tank. It will likely eat tiny snails, bristleworms, and small crustaceans.
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