Yellowtail Cleaner Wrasse (Larabicus sp.)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Red Sea
Size: 4.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Crustaceans (juveniles), coral polyps (adults)
Natural History: The Yellowtail Cleaner Wrasse is found on finging reefs rich in corals. Adults are associated with stony corals, on which the Yellowtail Cleaner Wrasse feeds.
Husbandry: The Yellowtail Cleaner Wrasse is not compatible with a reef tank. It will feed on large and small polyped stony coral polyps. It has been reported to eat Aiptasia. This wrasse may even pick at zoanthid colonies. It should be offered Mysid or live brine shrimp to encourage it to feed on aquarium fare.
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