Once established, the Six Line Wrasse is relatively easy to care for. They will be seen foraging between cracks and crevices in your substrate and live rock, mainly keeping to themselves. Be sure to provide a rich environment with many places to explore to keep your wrasse out of trouble with its tankmates.
They are known to eat snails, urchins, and flatworms, so may have some benefits for your overall system environment. Try to limit the number of "cleaner" fish in a system with a Six Line Wrasse in order to prevent injury or death from aggressive fish.
Six Line Wrasse Diet and Feeding
The Six Line Wrasse is primarily a carnivorous fish, eating mostly animal proteins. They are natural foragers and will nibble at small invertebrates in your aquarium.
They are best fed a carnivorous pelleted diet and supplement with meaty treats. Pelleted diets contain the best source of required vitamins. Meaty treats may include mysis, brine shrimp, and other carnivorous frozen diets.
Being tropical fish, they should be fed at least twice a day, or smaller meals three times a day.
Male and female Six Line Wrasses have no externally distinguishable sex characteristics. Some owners have noted that their fish may become more vibrantly colored just prior to spawning, but this is not guaranteed. Males are noted to turn brighter colors than females.
Breeding the Six Line Wrasse
Unless you have a pair of Six Line Wrasses that have already mated, it is almost impossible to sex fish prior to purchase. Given their aggressive nature, most Six Line Wrasses are kept individually, therefore will not be given the option for reproduction.
Like many other fish species, the Six Line Wrasse is a broadcast spawner. This means that eggs and sperm are haphazardly sprayed throughout the system, rather than concentrating their eggs in a clutch or cave. Many spawnings happen without hobbyists even noticing, since most of the reproductive products will end up in your filtration.
More Pet Fish Species and Further Research
If you’re interested in similar species, check out:
Bird Wrasse (Bird Fish)
Yellowtail Coris Wrasse
Check out additional fish breed profiles for more information on other saltwater fish.