Radiant Wrasse (Halichoeres iridis)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean
Depth: 20 to 142 ft. Size: 4.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Amphipods, snails, algae, copepods, snails, crustaceans, small bristleworms
Natural History: The Radiant Wrasse is found on steep reef slopes, usually at depths well over 50 feet. It is most commonly observed over sand or rubble substrates. It is observed to bury itself in sand at night. This species exhibits initial phase coloration in juveniles and terminal phase coloration in adults. Males develop a orange head with horizontal bars.
Husbandry: The Radiant Wrasse is a peaceful species and should be housed only with peaceful tankmates. It should be housed in an aquarium with at least 2 inches of sand to allow it to bury itself. The sand should be fine to avoid damage to jaws and scales.
AKA: Orangehead Wrasse, Iridis Wrasse
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