Surge Wrasse (Thalassoma purpureum)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 33 ft. Size: 18 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 180+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Crabs, shrimp, mantis shrimp, small fish, sea urchins, bristleworms, brittle stars
Natural History: The Surge Wrasse is found in turbulent shallow reef areas. It is observed to be an active swimmer and prefers strong surf. It is found to prey on a very wide variety of smaller fish, decapod crustaceans, and many other invertebrates.
Husbandry: The Surge Wrasse should be housed in an aquarium system that can mimic surge action. It prefers strong wave action and will nervously swim back and forth in a smaller still-water reef system. It is a threat to all smaller invertebrates and fish and cannot be kept in a mixed-reef system.
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