Paddlefin Wrasse (Thalassoma amblycephalum) Care
The Paddlefin Wrasse, Thalassoma amblycephalum, is best kept in a FOWLR (Fish Only with Live Rock) aquarium of 75 gallons or more. They can reach a length of 7 inches and need large areas to swim in and plenty of rock work as hiding places along with a deep sandbed of 4″ or greater. These are very active fish that never really stop moving and can be easily frighten and the aquarium does require a tight fitting lid. It can be maintained with slightly larger peaceful fish in the aquarium.
They are know to move rocks and bottom living corals in order to find zooplankton and other foods, such as May search bottom areas for tasty bottom dwelling invertebrates, e.g., ornamental shrimp and snails, along with disturbing existing sand beds. It is important to ensure the rock work and structures are secure.
The Paddlefin Wrasse will quickly burrow into the sand if frightened, and occasionally for sleeping at night.
Only keep one male fish per aquarium.
These fish are carnivores and will eat most regular fortified 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.