Eight Line Flasher Wrasse Care Sheet

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Eight Line Flasher Wrasse

Eight Line Flasher Wrasse Care Requirements – Paracheilinus Octotaenia 

By Christeena

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament:  Peaceful
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Reef Safe:  Yes
  • Max Size: 4 inches
  • Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons

Eight Line Flasher WrasseOrigin & Characteristics of Eight Line Flasher Wrasse

The Eight Line Flasher Wrasse, sometimes known as the Eight Line Fairy Wrasse, originates from the waters of the Red Sea.  The Eight Line Flasher Wrasse is a stunning and remarkably colored fish featuring hues of yellow, orange, red, and blue.  The distinguishing characteristics and its namesake is the eight striking blue lines streaking horizontally along the body.  As with most species, the male is more brilliantly colored than the female.  The juvenile fish is a pink and blue color with the horizontal blue lines.  The adult body changes to an orange/red color and the dorsal, anal, and caudal fins flare out.  In both juveniles and adults, elaborate striping marks the eyes creating a mystical mask.  Like most wrasse fish, these are easy to care for and a great fish for any hobbyist. 

Juvenile fish can be relatively small, 1-1/2 to 2 inches in size, but can reach a length of 4 inches.  Their small size allows them to be the perfect fit for a small aquarium, at least 50-gallons.  The Eight Line Flasher Wrasse is a reef safe fish that need plenty of space to swim and a sandy substrate to hide.  These fish like to jump, so be sure to have a tight-fitting lid on your tank.  These fish will bring both activity and lovely coloring to your aquarium.

Feeding Recommendations

These Eight Line Flasher Wrasse are carnivores and should be fed a diet consisting of vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with high-quality marine flakes and pellet food.  They will not bother any corals or invertebrates, making them the perfect fish for reef aquariums.   

Water Conditions

Eight Line Flasher Wrasse species should be kept in a good environment and warmer water temperatures between 72 and 78°F.  A pH value of 8.1-8.4, a salinity of between 1.020-1.025, and an alkalinity level between 8-12 dKH should be maintained.

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