Six Line Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 3 to 114 ft. Size: 3.25 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Small invertebrates, zooplankton
Natural History: The Six Line Wrasse is found in small loose groups on rich coral reefs. It is secretive and uses the protection of branching corals as its refuge. The groups are haremic, with one male defending up to 4 or so females. This species has been observed acting as a cleaner fish. The small ocellus (mark) on the caudal peduncle is an identifier for this species.
Husbandry: The Six Line Wrasse may harass other docile fish such as gobies and dartfish. They are aggressive toward other Six Line Wrasses. Large individuals may eat ornamental shrimp. Only one male Six Line Wrasse should be housed per tank.
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