Juvenile Clown Wrasse
Scientific Name: Coris gaimard
Reef Compatibility: With Caution
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gal
Max Size: 13”
Approximate Purchase Size: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 inchesNotes: The Clown Wrasse also known as the Red Coris Wrasse, Red Labrid, or Yellowtail Coris, can be found on almost every reef in the Indo-Pacific and Hawaiian Region, and extends all the way into the Red Sea. The juvenile and adult appearances vary greatly. As a youth, the body color is orange with white tiger stripes or spots across the back. The stripes and fins are outlined in black. In adulthood, the body takes on a speckled blue coloration, the fins are decorated with yellows, reds, and blues, and the face is orange with green stripes. The male has a light green stripe on the body, just above the anal fin.
The Clown Wrasse requires a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with a sandy bottom into which it will burrow to sleep, or if it is threatened. Do not attempt to keep the Clown Wrasse on crushed coral or similar substrate as they have a poor survival rate on such substrates. When very small, Clown Coris are safe with almost any fish that will not eat them, but as they grow, they can become destructive. They should not be kept with invertebrates.
The Red Coris Wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.