Checkerboard Wrasse

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Checkerboard Wrasse

This species is known as Checkerboard Wrasse and the correct latin name is Halichoeres hortulanus. The family that this marine fish species belongs to is called 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. This species will require to be kept in a tank that is 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 hold 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 recommended pH level is between 8.0 and 8.3 since marine fish are used to these levels in general.

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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