Animal Stories - Six-Line Wrasse


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   The colorful Six Line Wrasse is small, active, and hardy making it a popular fish to spark up a small marine aquarium!
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Fishnerd2000 - 2014-03-25
Would it be a good idea if I were to get a sixline wrasse with my two tomato clowns, African red starfish and snowflake eel? I've always wanted one and I also might add one or two Niger triggers to my tank. I have a 55gal. Please answer soon I'll be on next at about 11:00am tomorrow please answer before then. Thanks.

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Ashley - 2010-06-25
My 6 line wrasse Marley is absolutely beautiful, stunning, and quite a character at that! He lives in a 55 gallon tank with my blue damsel Dolce and raccoon butterfly Neytiri. The the funny (and kinda quirky) thing he does is that he's a bristleworn shredder. I watched him wait for 10 minutes for a medium sized worm (about 5") slowly come out of the rock, and when he saw it came out enough, he grabbed the worm and violently pulled it out of the rock. He then proceeded to pick and nip the worm for 5 minutes until it was dead and in a million pieces! I felt really bad for the worm, but at least I won't have a bristleworm problem ever again!

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Lachlan - 2008-10-24
I purchased a six-line wrasse (medium size), and added it to my 130L tank which also had a mated pair of coral banded shrimp. The shrimp seemed a little uneasy with its presence, and would often fend it off. I was hoping it would pass, but later that night as I was watching one of the shrimp began to moult. The wrasse took advantage of the situation and ripped off one of its claws. I currently have the wrasse in isolation and will probably return it to the aquarium store tomorrow. Which is a shame as it is a beautiful fish to watch.

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  • Scott - 2010-03-14
    I recently added a six line wrasse to a tank that also has a coral banded shrimp, yellow goby, and 3 peppermint shrimp. The tank now only has one peppermint shrimp. Not sure if it is the wrasse or the coral banded having a feast on the peppermint shrimp - but be cautious.
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Tony - 2009-11-20
Not to be kept with abalone. It will nip on the abalone. It is safe with corals and a great fish to keep to keep certain pest in control.

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Kevin Glenn - 2011-05-13
Our experience with our Six-Stripe Wrasse--named Stripey by our six-year-old son--differs greatly from those commenting on this little fish. He is fun to watch darting in and out of the live rock. He lives peacefully among his tank mates, 2 Clown Fish and a Scribbled Rabbit Fish.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-13
    Good for you. Sometimes a person just sets everything up so right that all get along great.
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Mike - 2010-08-29
I have had my six line for eight months now in my reef and we have had our moments, good and bad. He was a tiny little guy when first added with a zebra barred dart and resplendent anthias. What a bully he was. He tormented a yellow watchmen goby to death and would chase anything in the tank that moved. Also, he would pick at my Duncan coral which really made think about the toilet bowl... I finally decided to add an aggressive fish in hopes of taking him down a peg or two. First thought was a dottyback but I went with the flame angel because I've always wanted one. Added the flame and after the wrasse getting his butt kicked a little he has changed his behavior for the better. Big and fat now he is beautiful, active and one of my favorites. He and the flame actually seem to have become friends now.
Mike

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