Red Coris Wrasse

The Red Coris Wrasse, also known as the Yellowtail Coris, Red Labrid or Clown Wrasse, appearance changes greatly when comparing its juvenile and adult colouration. Additionally, this fish can be discovered upon most reefs in the Indo-Pacific and Hawaiian Region. 

The Red Coris Wrasse has been said to need a 400 litre aquarium at the minimum with a deep sandy bottom to which the fish can bury itself into when looking for protection or sleeping. 

Many hobbyists suggest that Red Coris Wrasse can be difficult to keep if held in a aquarium with crushed coral or larger substrate, to which this difficulty eradicates when dealing with a finder substrate like fine sand. Additionally, it has been said that when juvenile the fish is safe with any fish and invertebrate. However once an adult it can move towards eating invertebrates such as crabs and shrimp. 

Their Diet should consist of meaty foods, such as vitamin enriched frozen bring shrimp or mysis shrimp as well high quality marine pellets and flakes. 

Minimum Tank Size: 100 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
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Solomon Islands
Family: Labridae

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

  1. I’ve had mine for three years since he was a juvenile. He just reappeared after disappearing for 9 days in the sand. Quirky but active fish. Great colors, generally peaceful except with cleaner shrimp or goatfish. Leaves my reef lobster alone and my cleaner wrasse. I recommend this wrasse if you have a sand bottom. Startles easily but otherwise is always front and center. Tank is not the same when he is asleep or hibernating.

  2. Wonderful species for a FOWLR tank (colorful, active, intelligent, great eaters). Best to acquire an adult as young require feedings multiple times a day.

  3. My red coris was very shy when I got him. He hid in the rocks for a couple of days and darted into the sand when anyone passed the tank. Now he’s always out, very bold and shows no fear. Oh, and he has no aggression either.

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