Smalltail Pencil Wrasse (juvenile) (Pseudojuloides cerasinus)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 7 to 201 ft. Size: 4.75 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Benthic invertebrates
Natural History: The Smalltail Pencil Wrasse is found on lagoons and outer reef faces over coral and coral rubble. This species is the most common member of its genus. This species exhibits initial and terminal phase coloration patterns. Juveniles are nearly completely orange except for a white underbelly. Adults are lenthwise striped in blue, green, and yellow bars.
Husbandry: The Smalltail Pencil Wrasse demands an enriched diet of live foods and should be housed in an aquarium with plenty of live rock. The diet should be varied to include as many live offerings as possible, along with frozen and vitamin-enriched mysid or brine shrimp. They are good jumpers and must be kept in covered tanks. Their substrate should include at least 2 inches of sand to allow burying. They should not be housed with other plankton feeders to avoid food competition. Their tankmates should be peaceful.
AKA: Blue Pencil Wrasse
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