Halstead's Wrasse

Halstead's Wrasse

Xyrichthys halsteadi

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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Eastern Pacific Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Reef Safe: Monitor
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Max Size: 5 inches

The Halstead's Wrasse (Xyrichthys halsteadi), also known as the Razor Wrasse, is a relatively new fish to the marine life trade; with little being known about their natural habits. They can be found among the Eastern and Central Pacific Ocean, inhabiting seaward reefs and sandy lagoons. The males have a pastel blue or yellow body with purple fins and a black spot behind their gills; females and juveniles are typically solid white with a red stripe along their dorsal section. They are carnivorous by nature, feeding on a variety of invertebrates, including mysis, krill, copepods and worms; due to this, it is not recommended to keep the Halstead's Wrasse with prized crustaceans. They reach a maximum size of 5 inches and should be kept with fish of similar size and temperament. Their aquarium should include plentiful live rock, as well as a thick sand bed, as they bury themselves at twilight to hide from predators. 

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