Acquired: Fish / pet store,
Worked with fish (didn’t own)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Posted May 11, 2013
Most birdmouth wrasse in aquariums are male. Males of this species grow up to a foot long and are a brilliant blue. Females are a bit smaller and are duller and brownish. Only one male should be kept per tank because they are very territorial, which is why I rated them low on compatibility with their own.
Wrasses are reef destroyers and should never, ever be kept in a reef tank. They are relatively aggressive and are a bigger fish so they can be kept safely with lionfish, other types of wrasse and triggerfish. They are meat eaters and will enjoy a variety of pellets, brine shrimp and blood worms. They will eat small fish too if they can fit them in their mouth.