Yellowtail Wrasse

Yellowtail Wrasse

The Yellowtail Wrasse, also known as the Yellow-tail Tamarin Wrasse, or Spotted Wrasse, has been classed as one of the most beautiful wrasses available and are found in the Indo-Pacific, Africa, Red Sea and Great Barrier Reef regions. 

The fish requires a aquarium of around 200 litres with at least a 2 inch layer of fine sand in order to satisfy its need to bury itself when sleeping or for protection. Additionally, it can be said that the Yellowtail Wrasse should only be added to those established aquariums as they instinctively hunt for tiny crustaceans.

Many hobbyists suggest that Yellowtail Wrasse can be a challenging fish to adjust to a captive environment and has been classed as a frequent jumper and jumps out of aquariums so having a lid would be viable. It is also said that to give these fish the best chance to thriving that they should be added to the aquarium before any larger and more aggressive fish, so that they have the efficient time to be introduced in a less stressful environment and adapt at their own pace. 

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 Size100 Litres
Care LevelDifficult
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 5"
Colour Form: Blue, Green, Orange, Tan, Yellow
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Labridae
Origin: Africa, Maldives


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

  1. I’ve had one in a reef tank for about 3 months now and he is a model citizen with 2 tangs clown trigger and lionfish. Doesn’t really bother my inverts. Have a crabs and snails shrimps. At first the trigger went after him but he’s fine now. Really pretty fish, colors are amazing and looks really good with the corals!

  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.

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