Moon Wrasse

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Moon Wrasse

This fish is known as Moon Wrasse and the correct latin name is Thalassoma lunare. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Wrasses family. (e) It's origin is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

A semi-aggressive fish.

Moon Wrasse can grow up to 25 cm what is approximately 9 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 3000cm2 of water surface which is approximately 465 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 not very difficult to keep the Moon 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 suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

This Wrasse is a good fish for aggressive fish as a tank mate, but you should give to it many hiding places in form of live rocks. After adding this fish to the tank, you should not buy a new fish into the same tank. Moon Wrasses hate new fish, so you should add this fish as the last fish into the aquarium.

T. Lunare is a carnivore and it will eat small feeder fish or even small tank mates, crabs, shrimps and even flakes.

Moon Wrasse picture 1

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Moon Wrasse picture 3

Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

Moon Wrasse, picture no. 4

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Moon Wrasse, picture no. 6

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