Mystery Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus ocellatus) Care
The Mystery Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus ocellatus, is a deepwater wrasse and is also known as the Whitebarred Wrasse. They have a pinkish-purple body with yellow highlights on the head and tail. They also have an eyespot at the base of the tail. Colors vary depending on the age. They will reach a maximum size of 5 inches and are strong jumpers and need a tank with tight fitted covering to prevent them from getting out. They should be kept in a tanks with plenty of swimming room, some sand substrate, and rock work to hide and sleep in as this fish is semi-aggressive, especially in tanks that are too small.
A deep sand bed is not needed for this wrasse to bury itself 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.
The Mystery Wrasse is considered reef safe and will not bother coral, but they may eat small fish and have been known to bite off brittle star legs.
Only one male per aquarium.
These wrasses is 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 need to be fed two to three times a day to stay healthy.
NOTE: Sometimes Mystery Wrasses are difficult to get eating at first. If this happens, we recommend fortified live adult brine shrimp.