Blue Head Wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum) Care
The Bluehead Wrasse, Thalassoma bifasciatum, comes from the Western Atlantic Ocean. They have a blue head separated by black and white vertical bands. The back half of their body blue. Females and juveniles have more yellow coloring on the body.
Bluehead Wrasses can reach up to 10″ and require an aquarium of at least 100 gallons with plenty of live rock work as hiding places along with a deep fine sand bed of 4 to 6 inches to sleep in. They are semi-aggressive and can handle themselves well with larger fish. The Bluehead Wrasse are also jumpers and need to be kept in an aquarium with a lid and are known to eat shrimp and snails.
They are not considered reef safe and should only be kept with one male per aquarium.
These wrasses are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp, high-quality frozen foods, pieces of fresh seafood, and flake and pellet foods. They primarily feed on zooplankton in the water column.