It’s Fish Friday at Imagine an Ocean and today we’re be taking a brief look at the colorful and entertaining flasher wrasse.
The term Flasher wrasse is used to describe species in the genus Paracheilinus. They are named for their brash, showy movements and bright, bold colors that the males use to attract mates.
Their natural habitats include Kenya, the Maldives, Bali, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They are a hardy fish and live quite long in home aquariums. They can be fed plankton, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and clams. Males and females can be kept in the same tank. In fact, multiple males will lead to more frequent “flashing” and provide great displays for the home aquarist.
A single flasher wrasse needs a tank of last 55 gallons (more flashers = more volume). Since flashers live to jump, they should have lidded tanks. The rimless aquarium we wrote about yesterday has a flasher wrasse, and thus, the need for this cover.
In addition to proper space and a lid, aquariums housing a flasher wrasse should also have some rocky nooks and crags for them to hide in. They are reef friendly so feel free to add all the coral you want to that live rock. If you want to have multiple specimens, make sure to introduce them in the proper order (all at once or the smallest first) to reduce the likelihood of infighting and general harassment. With these conditions in mind, the flasher wrasse is a hardy and vibrant addition to any home aquarium. These fish offer a huge payoff of color and movement with basic investments of care and maintenance.
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