Choati Leopard Wrasse
Scientific Name: Macropharyngodon choatiSpecies:
Diet: Carnivore (Preferably small crustaceans)
Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons
Relative Care: Experts Only
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The Choati Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon choati) is a rare find originating from the Eastern Coast of Australia. Definitely a uniquely beautiful fish but also very challenging. These fish have a poor track record and should only be kept by the most experienced aquarist. Just like many other fish from the Macropharyngodon group, they are sand burrowers so a sand bed is a must for increasing the chances of success in captivity. Choati Wrasses are active hunters of small crustaceans and should be fed a varied diet of foods. I also recommend having live foods such as mysis, volcano shrimp, amphipods, and other similar crustaceans on hand before you purchase one of these fish. It will help with the acclimation process.