The Yellowtail Wrasse is also commonly referred to as the Yellow-tail Tamarin, or Spotted Wrasse. The Yellowtail Wrasse has a black body covered with varying sized white dots, which makes it a captivating addition to any home aquarium. The Yellowtail Wrasse requires high maintenance and difficult to keep in captivity, therefore is recommended only for expert users. The Yellowtail Wrasse may act peacefully but often is found harassing smaller fishes. The Yellowtail Wrasse is not at all compatible with Batfish, sharks, Sea horses, Pipefish and Pseudochromis, so should not be housed with the same. It is imperative if kept with Yellowtail Wrasse is kept with Dwarf Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Lionfish & Scorpion fish, and caution is required. The aquarium should have corals or plenty of rocks since the Yellowtail Wrasse eat small invertebrates that grow on these live rocks. The Yellowtail Wrasse might refuse eating initially in captivity, but once it starts eating, its diet includes live, small feeder shrimps (brine, mysid) and finely chopped marine meats. The Yellowtail Wrasse grows up to 9 inches and should be kept in a tank not less than 60 gallons with plenty of place to swim and hide. The Yellowtail Wrasse thrives well in a moderate temperature and pH of 8.1-8.4.
The Wrasse family of fish is a large group of usually very colorful free swimming fish. These fish are powerful swimmers using their pectoral fins to propel them through the water. Wrasses usually have powerful jaws that enable them to crush their food, which includes worms. These fish usually have long continuous dorsal fins and are found in groups in the wild. The Wrasses are one of the few fish that will bury themselves in the sand when sleeping or during flight. Wrasses are also able to change their sex during these phase changes.