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Redbreast Wrasse - Cheilinus fasciatus - Small Adult

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The Redbreast Wrasse (Cheilinus fasciatus) are one of the most distinctive fish in their genus. They have a brown face with red-orange markings that extend outward from the eye along with white and black bars that alternate vertically down the length of the fish, including the tail. They are named for the wide red-orange girdle behind the gill plate which becomes brighter and more apparent with age.

The wrasses from the Cheilinus and Oxycheilinus genera are generally hardy, cryptic fish whose appearance can vary greatly between individuals of the same species. They can also change color depending on their mood and surroundings. Most of these wrasses have a mottled coloration with some spots and stripes and the differences between individuals can be minute.

These wrasses will get along with most other fish (with the exception of very small fish) but will prey on inverts like worms, starfish, snails, urchins, shrimp and crabs. They do not usually bother corals however and can be kept in some reef aquariums. In the home aquarium a diet of frozen foods such as shrimp, squid, and clam should be mixed with prepared foods such as flakes and pellets.
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Common NameRedbreast Wrasse - Small Adult
Scientific NameCheilinus fasciatus
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
Reef SafeYes, with caution
Invert SafeNo
Community SafeYes, with caution
Max Size (in inches)15
Min Tank Size (in gallons)180
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
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Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
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