Sixline Wrasse

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Pseudocheilinus hexataenia - (Bleeker, 1857)
Sixline Wrasse

Small in size but not in spirit, this attractive little wrasse can become a dominant bully in a smaller aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is a diminutive darling that can turn into a demon once it has become established in a smaller tank (that is it may torment smaller, newly introduced tankmates). It is a hardy, interesting fish best kept in larger aquariums with peaceful tankmates.

Family: Labridae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Reef. Provide it with plenty of hiding places. Its natural habitat is often among branching stony corals.

Maximum length: 7.6 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Near substrate.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Feed meaty foods, twice a day. This species will require less frequent feeding in a reef tank with a healthy micro-invertebrate population.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

The Sixline Wrasse can be a good neighbor or a real terror—it depends on the aquarium setting and community. In a ­larger tank, it rarely bothers its tankmates, but in a smaller tank it can cause real problems. While it can be a troublemaker, it will have a difficult time acclimating if added to a tank containing more boisterous species (e.g., dottybacks, large damselfishes, hawkfishes, pygmy angelfishes). Keep one per tank unless the aquarium is quite large (135 gallons [513 L] or more).

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Egg scatterers that produce pelagic eggs, often in midwater mating rituals. Both eggs and larvae that drift with plankton in the water column and settle back onto a reef at about the time of metamorphosis. These are among the most challenging types of marine fishes to propagate in captivity.

[edit] Notes

This fish tends to slink from one hiding place to another, occasionally stopping to survey its domain before disappearing into a nearby crevice or cave. It usually does not bury, but will produce a slime cocoon at night, especially if it is stressed or infested with parasites. It will occasionally “clean” other fishes.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Sixline WrasseRDF feed
Common name Sixline Wrasse  +
Family Labridae  +
Genus Pseudocheilinus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range Indian Ocean  +, Red Sea  +, Pacific Ocean  +, Tuamotu Islands  +, Ryukyu Islands  +, Lord Howe Island  +, Austral Islands  +, St. Brandon's Shoals  +, and Gulf of Tadjoura  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name hexataenia  +
Swimming level Near substrate.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +