Eight Line Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus octotaenia) Care
The Eight Line Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus octotaenia, is also known as the Eightlined Wrasse. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. They have a pinkish body with eight horizontal red stripes.
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.
Eight Line Wrasses can reach up to 5″ and require an aquarium of at least 55 gallons with plenty of live rock, hiding places, and a fine sandbed. They are good jumpers and should be kept in a tank with a cover.
They are considered reef safe “with caution” because although they will not bother coral, they may attack inverts and other wrasses.
Eight Line Wrasses do not need a deep sand bed to bury themselves in at night. Instead they may form a mucus cocoon or wedge themselves into rock crevices. Should they form a cocoon to sleep in there is no need to remove it from the tank as it is not harmful.
These fish are carnivores and will eat most regular aquarium food such as finely chopped frozen or fresh meaty foods. You can feed them brine, mysis, squid, shrimp, clam and flake and pellet foods two to three times a day.