Hardwicke Wrasse


Fish Type: Non-Reef SafeWrasse


Scientific Name: Thalassoma hardwicke


Species: Labridae

Color: blue, black, red, white
Aggressiveness: Highly Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 8"
Minimum Tank Size: 90 gal
Relative Care: Moderate
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Hardwicke Wrasse is also known as the Sixbar Wrasse or Hardwick’s Wrasse. As an adult, it has a pastel blue body with six, vertical dark body stripes and a distinct “daisy” print around the eyes made of a few different pastel colors.

It should reside in a 90 gallon or larger aquarium with larger, aggressive tank mates, and plenty of rocks for hiding. It will become territorial and harass any new additions to the community, therefore, it should be added last to the aquarium. It may be kept with a mate if the aquarium is 125 gallons or larger. It may eat mantis shrimp and bristleworms. It does not eat corals or live plants.

Its natural diet consists of fish, crustaceans, motile invertebrates, and worms. The diet in an aquarium, should include a variety of feeder shrimp, marine flesh, frozen meaty preparations for carnivores, and flaked foods.