Clown Wrasse

The Red Coris Wrasse, also known as the Clown Wrasse, Red Labrid, or Yellowtail Coris, can be found on almost every reef in the Indo-Pacific and Hawaiian Region, and extends all the way into the Red Sea. Adult specimens in the wild can easily grow to a foot, but in an aquarium, they rarely exceed 6-8 inches. The juvenile and adult appearances vary greatly. As a youth, the body color is orange with white tiger stripes or spots across the back. The stripes and fins are outlined in black. In adulthood, the body takes on a speckled blue coloration, the fins are decorated with yellows, reds, and blues, and the face is orange with green stripes. The male has a light green stripe on the body, just above the anal fin.

The Red Coris Wrasse requires a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with a sandy bottom into which it will burrow to sleep, or if it is threatened. Do not attempt to keep the Red Coris Wrasse on crushed coral or similar substrate as they have a poor survival rate on such substrates. When very small, Red Coris are safe with almost any fish that will not eat them, but as they grow, they can become destructive. They should not be kept with invertebrates.

The Red Coris Wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.

Minimum Tank Size: 473 Litres
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 1' 3"
Colour Form: Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, White, Yellow
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Labridae
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Solomon Islands

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. I recently received a Red Head Solon Fairy Wrasse, which is in excellent health. At first, it was very timid. I have it in a quarantine tank with live rock. No ectoparasites are evident at this point. It originally only ate mysis shrimp, but it is now feeding on frozen brine and flake. It is a wonderful addition to any non-aggressive fish or reef tank.

  2. We have one of these lovely fish in our 600-gallon reef at the office. Always in view, this fish is quite active but not to excess, and eats like a horse (brine shrimp, various pellet foods, zooplankton). Probably one of the most colorful fish you’re ever likely to see adorn a reef aquarium

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