Checkerboard Wrasse
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  • Checkerboard Wrasse

  • Halichoeres hortulanus

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  • Tank Size: 125 Gallons
    Tempermant: Peaceful
    Maximum Size: 11"
    Coloration: Black, White, Green, Orange, Yellow
    Diet: Carnivore
    Regions Found: Indo-Pacific Ocean, Indonesia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia
    Reef Compatible: Yes (With Caution)
    Experience Level: Intermediate
    Guarantee: Live Guarantee Available
    Water Conditions: 74-82° F, SG 1.020-1.027, PH 7.9-8.5
    Other Names: Marble Wrasse, Hortulanus Wrasse
  • Description
  • The Checkerboard Wrasse is very colorful larger wrasse. Checkerboard Wrasses start life as mostly dull black and white fish, but over time mature into very colorful fish that are mostly green with stunning orange and yellow markings and an amazing checkerboard pattern.

    Checkerboard Wrasses reach a maximum adult size of around 11 inches and need to be kept in tanks that are at least 125 gallons. Checkerboard Wrasses are strong jumpers and will jump out of tanks if spooked. For this reason, it is important to only keep Checkerboard Wrasses in tanks with a tight fitting lid with no holes large enough for them to jump through.

    Checkerboard Wrasses are mostly peaceful fish and should bother other fish, coral or inverts in your tank. Checkerboard Wrasses will eat some problematic pests like pyramidellid snails and fireworms. They will nip at feather dusters and some smaller inverts though. For this reason you must proceed with caution if adding a Checkerboard Wrasse to a reef tank.

    Checkerboard Wrasses do best in tanks that have lots of live rock for them to hide in if spooked. Also Checkerboard Wrasses require a one to two inch sand bed for them to burrow in. Checkerboard Wrasses are carnivores and need a diet that is rich in meaty foods. Foods like mysis and brine shrimp, high quality frozen meaty foods and small chunks of fresh seafood will keep your Checkerboard Wrasse healthy and happy.

    Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions about the Checkerboard Wrasse and if it's the right wrasse for your tank.

    Tiny: Up to 2", Small: Over 2-2.5", Small / Medium: Over 2.5-3.5", Medium: Over 3.5-4.5", Medium / Large: Over 4.5-5.5", Large: Over 5.5-6.5", Extra Large: Over 6.5-7.5", Extra Extra Large: Over 7.5-8.5", Show Size: Over 8.5-10.5", Jumbo: Over 10.5"

    All fish purchases come with a package of Blue Life Safety Stop to help reduce infections and illnesses that could present themselves. Please read more about Safety Stop here…

    If you have any questions please contact Eric Cohen TankStop owner and well respected industry veteran.

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