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Banana Wrasse (Thalassoma lutescens)

The Banana Wrasse or Thalassoma lutescens is a brilliantly colored aquarium fish. They will grow to a maximum length of 1', so you are thinking of keeping one as a pet you need a tank that is at least 60 gallons. These fish like many other aggressive fish will jump right out of the tank so be sure to have a tight cover. Banana Wrasse prefers temperatures of 72-78° F and a PH level of 8.1-8.4. They are considered to be an easy fish to care for, but should be kept only with other aggressive fish like Triggerfish, Puffers or Tangs. As the fish matures, it will turn yellow if female and blue if it is a male, but don't worry it will retain its strange facial and fin markings. These fish are found in the Western Pacific ocean and were first discovered in Fiji. In its natural environment it will feed on small fish, crustaceans and worms. In an aquarium setting though, it should be fed flaked foods, feeder shrimp and other frozen meats.

This saltwater fish is also known as the Yellow-brown Wrasse, Sunset Wrasse, Yellow Wrasse or Green Moon Wrasse.



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