The Secretive Wrasse is commonly referred as the Secretive Wrasse or Striated Wrasse. With its deep red to maroon colored body with multiple faint horizontal stripes over its length to the gill covering, this Secretive Wrasse fish makes a gorgeous addition to any tank. It should be kept in a tank not less than 30 gallon and requires live rocks that can become the epitome of the natural foods to forage for. It is best to introduce the Secretive Wrasse last to the tank to avoid the aggression towards the other wrasses. It searches for live foods in the form of small crustaceans such as pyramidellid snails (clam parasites), bristleworms, and flatworms that makes it an ideal candidate for the reef aquarium. Its diet should contain vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food. The Secretive Wrasse thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. It should be provided with plenty of rock and swimming space, so that it can patrol a suitable territory. Since it is peaceful towards ornamental invertebrates including shrimps, snails and crabs, it makes the Secretive Wrasse a reef safe species.
The Secretive Wrasse has a maroon or red body with faint stripes running along its body. The lower part of the head is yellow and a white stripe is running just beneath the mouth.Secretive wrasses should be introduced slowly into your aquarium and it is best to allow 4 hours of acclimatization before releasing them. Once released, the Secretive wrasse will usually swim directly down to the bottom of the tank and bury itself. It can take days before you see your wrasse again but don't worry this is normal. As your wrasse feels more at home in your aquarium they will spend less and less time buried, but a Secretive wrasse will always bury itself to sleep and when it feels threatened.It will search for live foods in the form of small crustaceans such as pyramidellid snails (clam parasites), commensal flatworms, and bristleworms. Provide plenty of rockwork for this amusing fish to dart in and out and help make it feel at home. This fish will appreciate a live sand bed.