Red Pygmy Possum Wrasse (Wetmorella triocellata) Care
Tanaka’s Pygmy Wrasse, White banded Possum Wrasse, Tanaka’s Pygmy Wrasse, Tanaka Possum Wrasse
The Red Pygmy Possum Wrasse, Wetmorella triocellata, is a small and very peaceful wrasse that is a fun addition to any reef tank including nano aquariums. These fish have a beautiful coloration with red to orange, with vertical white stripes and large black eye spots on two of it’s fins. They will reach a maximum size of 3 inches and should be kept in a tanks without aggressive tank mates as this fish will run versus defending itself. Once established in a tank it will spend a lot of time out feeding for copepods, amphipods, and other small invertebrates.
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. As with most wrasses, there is a risk of them jumping out and a tight-fitting cover should be kept on the aquarium.
Note: They are known to consume small bristleworms and feather dusters.
The Red Pygmy Possum Wrasse is carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp, high-quality frozen foods, black or blood worms, cyclops, rotifers, and small flake and pellet foods. They need to be fed two to three times a day to stay healthy.