Yellowtail Tamarin Wrasse (Anampses meleagrides) Care
The Yellowtail Tamarin Wrasse, Anampses meleagrides, is best kept in a FOWLR (Fish Only with Live Rock) aquarium of 100 gallons or more. They can reach a length of 8 inches and need large areas to swim in and plenty of rock work as hiding places along with a deep fine (0.5 – 2 mm) 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.
They are know 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. While they do not eat corals or plants they are known to eat snails, tubeworms, crabs, shrimp and may nip at clams.
The Yellowtail Tamarin Wrasse will quickly burrow into the sand if frightened, and for sleeping at night. When doing so they may often disturb bottom dwelling corals such as brain corals 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 be sure to have some live foods available to feed them when they arrive. We recommend black worms or adult fortified brine shrimp, because they may be very difficult to get feeding in the beginning.