Yellow Coris Wrasse – The Pest Eater


Yellow Coris Wrasse Care Requirements:

  • Yellow Coris Wrasse: Indo-Pacific – Halichoeres chrysus
  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Reef Safe: Yes, but with caution
  • Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons, with a lid
  • Temp: 72-78
  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • SG: 1.02-1.025
  • Nitrates & Ammonia 0 ppm
  • Nitrates <10 ppm
yellow coris wrasse
yellow coris wrasse

Why Yellow Coris Wrasse Makes a Great Addition to Your Aquarium

The Yellow Coris Wrasse, also known as Golden Coris Wrasse, is a small, bold sun yellow fish part of the Labridae family. Just as many other wrasses, they go through an initial and terminal phase. During the initial phase, Yellow Coris Wrasse have one or two eyespots on the dorsal fin and a black dot on the caudal peduncle. A single spot on the dorsal fin can be seen in the terminal phase. This is a great fish to add color to your aquarium.

Control Nuisance Pests with Yellow Coris Wrasse

These yellow bullet fish are relatively reef safe, just be sure to keep them well fed and have the right tank. They prefer a 2-3 inch sandy bottom to hide under. To avoid unnecessary death, be sure to keep some sort of lid on your tank. If these fish get stressed or frightened, they will swim quickly and jump out of the water. While the Yellow Coris Wrasse is peaceful, they are carnivores and eat any live meaty food they are given.  This also makes them great fish for keeping nuisance pests out of your tank. They are great at picking fire worms, bristle worms, tubeworms, flatworms, feather dusters, wild shrimp, pyramillid snails, and even parasites off tank mates. 

Aquarium Wrasse Requirements

This wrasse grows up to 5 inches, therefore, a 40-gallon tank is all they need to roam.  Unlike other wrasses, the Golden Coris is peaceful and can be maintained with other peaceful fish.  As described above, these fish need a sandy bed to burrow and protect themselves when they feel frightened, keep this in mind when setting up your tank. These fish are fairly hardy and a great choice for beginners.         

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