Red Tail Tamarin Wrasse (Anampses chrysocephalus) Care
The Red Tail Tamarin Wrasse, Anampses chrysocephalus, 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, need large areas to swim in, plenty of rock work as hiding places, and a deep (0.5 – 2 mm), fine sand bed of 4 inches or greater. It is critical to have a tight fitting cover on any tank you place this fish in as they are strong jumpers and easily frightened.
The males are bright with an orange head and blue spots on its scales, see Clownhead Wrasse
for the terminal male. The females are brown with white spots and a white and red banded tail.
These fish are known to move rocks and live coral to find prey and they will disturb sand beds by blowing streams of water looking for food. You must ensure that the rock work and structures are secure in a tank with these fish. While they do not eat corals or plants, they are known to eat snails, tubeworms, crabs, shrimp and may nip at clams.
The Red Tail Tamarin Wrasse will burrow into the sand if frightened or when sleeping. This behavior may also disturb bottom dwelling corals such as brain and heliofungia corals.
Only keep one male fish per aquarium.
It is important to note that these fish do not ship well due to the lack of sand in the shipping containers. You should be ready with a tank that has a deep fine sand bed and matches the SQ they will arrive in from us.
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.
When buying one, please be sure to have some live foods available to feed them when they arrive. We recommend black worms or adult fortified brine shrimp as they may be very difficult to get to eat in the beginning.
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