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Black Leopard Wrasse
Macropharyngodon negrosensis
Black Leopard Wrasse
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Size: 2 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Brine, Flake, Pellet, chopped shrimp and crab
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons
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The Black Leopard Wrasse is commonly referred as Yellowspotted Wrasse or Leopard Wrasse. It features a dark body with light blue to yellowish spots, which makes it a captivating specimen in your tank. The Black Leopard Wrasse requires a tank of 30 gallons with plenty of rocks to give an opportunity to carry out its natural browsing behavior in captivity. It is best to introduce it in groups of three or more, and it tends to eat small invertebrates that grow on live rocks. Its diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with high quality marine flake and marine pellet food. The Black Leopard Wrasse thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, pH of 8.1-8.4. It is peaceful and wonderful fish that can be housed with others of the same genus. Due to its specialized eating habits and nature, the Black Leopard Wrasse should only be attempted by intermediate to advanced aquarists, since it is difficult to handle. It has curious behavior, and performs a little dance that becomes really strange to a possible predator, which makes them baffled and they finally move on. The tank requires a thick sand bed, where the Black Leopard Wrasse can sleep and take rest. It has beautiful black body color, where on the male the spots are diamond shaped, whereas the female is similarly colored. The Black Leopard Wrasse is difficult to keep and that is why it is not considered a good choice for a beginner aquarist. It is carnivorous and likes to feed on small invertebrates, and snails, which it picks from the reef with its canine teeth. That is why it is not considered a good reef safe species. The Black Leopard Wrasse needs to have lot of rocks to ensure an easy transition to captive life, along with a 2 inch thick sand bed. If it is housed with semi-aggressive fish, the Black Leopard Wrasse might jump out of the tank and therefore we recommend you to put it in a closed lid tank.
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Black Leopard Wrasse is a friendly species that can be kept with most friendly species in a community reef aquarium. It should not be kept with large wrasses or aggressive fish. You can keep a harem of Black Leopard Wrasse in the same tank, but you should only keep one male in each tank unless the aquarium is very big. You should also avoid males of other flasher wrasse species.If you want to keep a Black Leopard Wrasse harem in your aquarium you should introduce all of them into the tank at the same time. If this is not possible, you should introduce the females before the male. Once the females are introduced you will have to introduce the male within a limited amount of time or the dominant female may turn into a male.Black Leopard Wrasse feeds on zoo plankton in the wild and needs to be provided small food in the aquarium. They are relatively easy to feed and can be fed a diet consisting of frozen food such as brine shrimp and daphnia as well as finely chopped shrimp, crab meat and mussels. Feed 3-4 times per day.
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