Pencil Wrasse (Pseudojuloides cerasinus) Care
The Pencil Wrasse, Pseudojuloides cerasinus, is best kept in an aquarium of 70 gallons or more. They can reach a length of 4″ and need large areas to swim in and plenty of rock work as hiding places along with a deep fine sand bed of (0.5 – 2.0 mm) with a 4 inch or greater. Males having an overall greenish body with pink on the back and a dark lengthwise stripe, with females an overall reddish pink. Colors and their intensity vary depending upon the age of the specimen and where they are collected.
They are known to move rocks and bottom living corals in order to find prey along with disturbing existing sand beds by blowing streams of water looking for food, so ensure the rock work and structures are secure. The Pencil Wrasse will quickly burrow into the sand if frightened or hungry stirring up plenty of fine sand, and for sleeping at night. This disturbing of sand puts bottom dwelling corals at risk of being covered.
Only keep one male fish per aquarium. Due to the specific needs of this fish we have rated it as an advanced care level.
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, fish flesh, squid, shrimp, clam and flake and pellet foods two to three times a day.