The Checkerboard Wrasse, Halichoeres hortulanus, also known as the Marble Wrasse or Hortulanus Wrasse, has a distinct and unique black and white checkerboard patterning rightfully earning its name. Often the Checkerboard Wrasse has vibrant yellow finnage and a blue/red/yellow splotchy face. The Checkerboard Wrasse requires a tank with plenty of rock for the wrasse to retreat to and a good amount of soft sandy substrate for it to hide in if spooked. The tank should have a tightly closed lid to prevent the Checkerboard Wrasse from escaping. The Checkerboard Wrasse is an excellent reef community dweller. They often hunt and feed on pesky bristleworms making them a beneficial addition to most tanks. The Checkerboard Wrasse feeds primarily on a carnivorous diet including brine and mysis shrimp. Overall, the Checkerboard is the quintessential reef fish. It is a visually stunning, peaceful, and beneficial tank member.