Carpenters Flasher Wrasse - A Must For a Marine Tank

Carpenters Flasher Wrasse -  Photo: Wikimedia
A Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus carpenter), also known as a Redfin Flasher Wrasse, or Carpenter's Fairy Wrasse, is a delightful addition to your saltwater fish tank. This fish is characterized by its rich orange color accentuated with blue vertical stripes. Its fins are also decorated with blue and yellow accents. What differentiates the male from the female species is the richness in color as well as the size of dorsal rays. Males tend to have a more distinct and rich color as well as elongated dorsal rays that are highly effective in attracting females during the mating season.

This species of fish is quite peaceful and less aggressive, requiring just about a tank size of 20 gallons to swim. Your tank should have a net placed on top for this fish is known to jump from the tank every now and then. Being among the less aggressive type of fish, Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse must be the first fish to be introduced into the tank. Other fish tend to fight and bully this fish if introduced when other fish have established territorial dominance in the tank. Take note, though, that this fish is highly possessive of its harem, and will fight other males in the tank for a mate. It would be best to keep a ratio of one male to four females to ensure peace among your Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse.

As with other marine tropical fish, the diet must be highly diversified in order to keep the colors rich and distinct. Although plankton eaters in the wild, aquarium kept Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse can be fed finely chopped seafood, mysid, and brine shrimp. In the wild, this species of fish propagate through egg-laying, although there is no known incidence of Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse breeding inside a home aquarium. The fish can be bought for 47.

    By BC Hodges
    BC is a cichlid enthusiast and wants to inform people of the great joy cichlids are to keep.
    Article Source: EzineArticles

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