Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

Species information for the Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse, in the Wrasses category.

  1. FAMILY - Labridae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Labroides phthirophagus

    COMMON NAME - Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse

    SIZE - 5 in (13 in)

    RANGE - Hawaii

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 50 gal (189 L)

    CARE LEVEL - Expert

    TEMPERAMENT - Peaceful

    FOODS AND FEEDING - This fish only eats parasites and dead skin off of other fish. Rarely, it can be trained to eat frozen foods. If the fish is being fed frozen food it should be fed a variety of high quality meaty marine frozen foods.

    AQUARIUM SUITABILITY - Please leave this fish in the ocean


    CAPTIVE CARE - This is an extremely difficult fish to keep. They only eat parasites and dead skin off of other fish. They tend to starve to death in our aquariums in a matter of days or weeks. Wrasses are known jumpers so the aquarium top should be covered.

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    Last edited by a moderator: May 6, 2014
    jhnrb, Aug 7, 2009