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Brown Bird Wrasse
Gomphosus varius
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: 3-5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Moderate
Reef Safe: Monitor
Diet: Pellet, Meaty
Origin: Hawaii
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe:
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:
  
  

The Brown Bird Wrasse is commonly referred as Bird Wrasse, Brownbird Wrasse or Blackbird Wrasse. The name green bird wrasse refers to a male Bird wrasse, and since the female is brownish black it is named the Brown bird or Blackbird wrasse. It features a long narrow body with a long beak to catch long, skinny prey and hold it captive while breaking up into bite-sized pieces. The Brown Bird Wrasse uses its snout to reach food in hard to reach places. It is considered a moderately sensitive fish, which is not suitable for a beginner aquarist. The Brown Bird Wrasse can be kept either singly or in pairs and if in pairs then the female must be introduced first in the tank. It should not be housed with aggressive fish such as triggers. Since it eats up all the shrimp, hermit crabs and other invertebrates in the tank, the Brown Bird Wrasse might not be considered as reef safe. It should be kept in a tank not less than 60 gallons and should be decorated with lot of rocks to create an ample caves and hiding spots. The tank should contain 2-3 inches of sandy bottom to hide under if frightened. The Brown Bird Wrasse thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. The aquarium should be covered properly to avoid jumping off the aquarium. It is easy to feed the Brown Bird Wrasse in captivity and its diet includes vegetable or algae based food and a lot of meaty food such as shrimp, mussels and clams, and should be fed 2-4 times a day for its continued good health.

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