Checkerboard Wrasse

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Checkerboard Wrasse

This fish is known as Checkerboard Wrasse and the correct latin name is Halichoeres hortulanus. It belongs to the Wrasses family. (e) Origin of this fish is Indian Ocean. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

Even this fish is peaceful, it can’t be kept by newbies due to high demands.

Checkerboard Wrasse can grow up to 28 cm what is approximately 11 inches. In general, 1 specimen requires at least 3360cm2 of water surface which is approximately 520 square inch. We recommend you to keep it in fish tanks which are large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums have at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is difficult to keep the Checkerboard Wrasse fish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The pH levels shouldn't be outside of 8.0 - 8.3 since most marine fish are used to the mentioned range of pH values.

H. Hortulanus is a hermaphrodite. At first it is a female and only later it may become a male. The males are greener, females are more grey.

This fish requires a large and long tank with plenty of hiding places, but also a large area of sand bottom. You should keep only one fish of this specie, because it is very aggressive to own specie.

It is not difficult to feed this fish in aquarium. It will eat worms, shell meat, scampi but also other aquarium food.

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#1 Posted on Wed Sep 1 16:25:14 UTC 2010 by Dani3d
Hi, I have a young checkerboard and it is very aggressive with my yellow wrasse, so they can also be aggressive with other type of wrasse, not only their own kind. I have a 75 gallons aquarium. I thought these fish were peaceful but it is not the case with all of them it seems.
This comment was published on Sat Sep 18 12:32:08 UTC 2010
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