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Sixline Wrasse

sixline wrasse

The sixline wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia) is a small colorful fish found in the Indo-Pacific. It reaches an adult size of only 3 inches (7.5 cm). It is also called a pyjama wrasse or six stripe wrasse. Their name is derived from the 6 horizontal stripes on their body. Their tail is green and has a small eye spot at the junction of its body and caudal fin. They belong to the family Labridae.

They can be kept with members of their own species, but they do have a tendency to bully really timid fish and some of the other wrasse species.

You should provide lots of live rock in their tank. Sixline wrasse spend most of their time foraging on live rock for food. You should also provide lots of rockwork for caves in their tank. Sixline wrasse like to hide among the rocks.

They are carnivorous fish that need a meat-based diet. They will eat frozen meaty aquarium fare for marine fish, chopped seafood, and small crustaceans.

Sixline wrasse can be successfully kept in a reef aquarium, but may occasionally eat some of your small crustaceans.

Like most of the other wrasses, the sixline wrasse is capable of changing its sex. The dominant female will often change her sex to male if no male is present.

Sixline wrasse can usually be obtained for about $20-30.