Insidiator Wrasse (Epibulus insidiator) Care
The Insidiator Wrasse, Epibulus insidiator, is best kept in a FOWLR (Fish Only with Live Rock) aquarium of 150 gallons or more. They can reach a length of 20 inches and need large areas to swim in and plenty of rock work as hiding places and sleeping areas. This fish will rearrange anything on the bottom of the aquarium including corals. It is recommend to have a few smaller rock the fish can play with as it searches for its food. The fish can change color and does so in the wild to hid among floating kelp and debris.
The species extends it mouth up to half the length of it’s body when capturing it’s food. As it stirs the sand bed to feed the Insidiator Wrasse will cloud the tank with lots of sand.
Only one male can be kept per aquarium.
Insidiator Wrasses require a meaty diet, including fortified brine shrimp, mysis, and other meaty type marine-based frozen or fresh foods, and should be fed twice daily. May be very difficult to get feeding in the beginning, and if so, try some live foods, such as black worms, fortified brine shrimp and feeder shrimp. They will eat eat smaller fishes, snails, crabs, and shrimp.