Filamented Flasher Wrasse
Fish Type: Reef SafeWrasse
Scientific Name: Paracheilinus filamentosus
Max Size: 3.5"
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gal
Relative Care: Easy
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The Filamented Flasher Wrasse, also known as the Whip-fin Fairy Wrasse, originates from the waters of the Indo-Pacific. The Filamented Flasher Wrasse is primarily red in color with a white underside. The fins are yellow with blue markings, and the dorsal fin is elongated. The color of the female is subdued when comparing it to the brilliance of the male. The male during courting will change colors very rapidly giving it its common name. Colors may vary depending on the fish’s mood.
The Filamented Flasher Wrasse is a very peaceful, active fish that will bring both color and activity to a fish-only or reef aquarium of 55 gallons or larger. They will not bother any corals or invertebrates making them a perfect fish for the reef aquarium. A single male can be kept with a group of females that is introduced prior to or at the same time as the male. These wrasses like to jump, so a tight fitting canopy is recommended.
When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. Meals should consist of a variety of feeder shrimp, flaked foods, and marine meats.