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Radiant Wrasse (Halichoeres iridis)


The Radiant Wrasse or Halichoeres iridis is just one of the many different species of Wrasse Fish that inhabit the oceans of our world. This particular saltwater species goes by a few different names including, Orangehead Wrasse, Iridis Wrasse, and Africa Wrasse. These fish originate in Eastern Africa, and are not very large, only growing to about 4-1/2" in length. You can check out the Radiant Wrasse underwater in the video below...

As the Radiant Wrasse grow older it becomes more... well... radiant! Their colors of dark red on their body and a bright yellow, green and orange on their face make this a fantastic fish for an aquarium! The following water conditions in an aquarium of at least 50 gallons is acceptable, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4 and sg 1.020-1.025. Make sure you have a lid as these fish have been known to jump ship.Like many other Wrasse, they will hide in the sandy bottom if startled. So adding a nice layer of sand at the bottom of your tank well help to keep these fish healthy and happy. Radiant Wrasse are a helpful addition to other tankmates as well, eating parasites off of the other fish in the tank. They should fed a carnivorous diet consisting of frozen mysis shrimp and brine shrimp as well as flake and pellet food.

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