General Care- Sixline wrasses are pod grazers that will eat ALL your pods. They are very common in the hobby and are fairly easy to take care of. They will get up to 3" in length but that varies with the individual. They will eat almost everything meaty that you give them. They do not need constant pods like mandarins do, thus making them easier to take care of.
Diet- Pods, Flakes, Pellets, all frozen foods,(sometimes unfortunately ornamental shrimp), bristleworms, flatworms, and they eat pyramid snails. They need a meaty diet but some algae in the flakes or pellets will benefit them too.
Habits- Cruise around searching for pods/micro fauna all day long. At night, they make a mucous bubble around their body and wedge themselves between rocks and sand. This disguises their scent so they can be safe from other predators. When lights are turned back on, they go back to hunting!
Tank- Must be a FOWLR or reef with plenty of live rock to roam. Tank size is always disputed. They can be kept in 10 gallon tanks but some people disagree and think 20 gallon is more appropriate. There are several people here that have them in 10 gallon tanks. I have mine in a BC 14. They usually do good in all types of tanks with reef like parameters. Keep it covered cause they are good jumpers.
Tankmates- Peaceful tankmates might get harassed if the wrasse has already stabilized territory in the tank. Strongly depends on the individual fish though. They are usually good with clowns, tangs, angels and other bigger fish...in a bigger tank. To have a better chance on keeping these guys peaceful with other fish, you must add all your other fish first or else the wrasse might command the tank. Damsels and other wrasses are probably the only "nano-sized" fish that i wouldn't add with them at all. They will fight together. If you are going to add a shrimp, make sure it is larger than the wrasse and that you add him first or else the wrasse might think you are giving it food. Smaller shrimp like sexys may get eaten. Usually fire shrimp and cleaner shrimp fare well with the wrasses. They usually don't bother hermits. Mine goes at my nassarius snails sometimes when they are out. But nothing serious. Nothing to worry about corals though. They don't pick on corals at all. If you have clams and the clams are pestered by pyramid snails, a sixline will get rid of them.Only get 1 sixline per tank because they WILL fight
-Why is my wrasse not eating?
Wrasses are shy and need time to get used to the new tank. Once they get used to it and have eaten all your pods they will eat everything. Give them time and they will eat. Usually this takes between 3 days to 2 weeks. really depends on the wrasse.
-My wrasse has white spots. What do i do?
Sixlines get white spots often especially when first introduced. Their skin seems to adhere to some things, like a mandarin. They are usually sand particles that stay stuck when they sleep. But if it has a lot and they dont go away, it might be ich.
-I can't see my wrasse at night. Where is he?
They usually go "sleep" under the sand or between rock caves. As soon as the lights turn on he will start swimming again.
-Just added my wrasse. I haven't seen it since.
Wait a couple of days. They will hid when first introduced. Check your water params to make sure they are all good. If he doesn't come out within a few days it could be several reasons:
•Still really scared
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Edited by GioReef, 22 December 2011 - 10:44 AM.