Saddle Wrasse (Thalassoma duperreyi) Care
The Saddle Wrasse, Thalassoma duperreyi, is best kept in a FOWLR (Fish Only with Live Rock) aquariums of at least 150 gallons but more would be best. They can reach a maximum size of 12 inches but have only been know to reach 8 inches in captivity, this fish is a super active swimmer so longer tanks with lots of flow is recommended. A thick fine (0.5 – 2.0 mm) sand beds of 4 to 6 inches are recommended as they will burrow when frightened and sleep at night.
These fish are known to jump so the tank must have a tight fitting cover.
Males are green with a deep blue head and an orange shoulder around the pectoral fins. Juveniles are are stripped with black, brown, and white markings.
Keep only one male fish per aquarium.
These fish are carnivores and will eat regular fortified aquarium foods such as brine shrimp, mysis, and other meaty foods. They will also accept flakes and other dry foods. Due to how active they are they need to be fed 2 to 3 times a day in order to stay healthy.