Six Line Wrasse

Pseudocheilinus hexataenia

(2 Reviews)

Six Line Wrasse

Six Line Wrasse

Pseudocheilinus hexataenia

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Six Line Wrasse Care Facts

Size: 1.25-1.5 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Indo Pacific
Acclimation Time: 3+ Hours
Reef Safe: Yes
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Monitor
Minimum Tank Size: 30+ Gallons

Six Line Wrasse

The Six Line Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia), also known as the Sixstripe Wrasse, is indigenous to the Indo-Pacific region, favoring coral reefs, rocky crevices, and areas with ample hiding spots. This vibrant fish features a blue body adorned with six orange horizontal stripes, complemented by green tail fins and a "false eye" at the base, which confuses predators. Generally considered reef safe, it actively hunts small invertebrates and pests. With a length of about 3 inches and a lifespan of 4 to 6 years or more, it's suitable for smaller aquariums, requiring a minimum tank size of 55 gallons with stable water parameters, proper filtration, and suitable lighting. When it comes to tank mates, options include Dwarf Angelfish, Dottyback, Gobies, Basslets, and Hawkfish. Acquiring the Six Line Wrasse from ensures healthy and responsibly sourced specimens, backed by comprehensive information and exceptional customer support, guaranteeing a seamless and rewarding experience for marine enthusiasts

Habitat and Distribution:

Indigenous to the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea to the central Pacific Ocean, the Six Line Wrasse prefers coral reefs and rocky crevices with hiding spots.

Reef Compatibility:

Generally reef safe, it actively hunts small invertebrates and pests, aiding in ecosystem balance.

Size and Lifespan:

Typically reaching 3 inches (7.5 cm), it suits smaller aquariums and can live for 4 to 6 years or more with proper care.


Carnivorous, it feeds on small invertebrates, crustaceans, and zooplankton, requiring a varied diet of marine pellets, frozen foods, and live prey.

Aquaculture Potential:

Available in the aquarium trade, efforts for aquaculture options are underway, though wild-caught specimens are more common currently.


Active and energetic, Sixline Wrasse are generally peaceful but may exhibit territorial behavior, especially in groups.

Suitable Tank Mates:

Tank Requirements and Water Conditions:

A minimum 55-gallon tank is recommended, with stable water parameters, proper filtration, and suitable lighting to support their well-being.

Other Common Names:

Also known as Six Striped Wrasse, scientifically as Pseudocheilinus hexataenia.

Reviewed by: Pink Floyd Diagon on April 2, 2024

Reviewed by: Ryan Mccormack on March 25, 2024

Reviewed by: Skip Johnson on March 11, 2024

Reviewed by: Barbara Pinedo on Feb. 23, 2024

Reviewed by: Cameron Kreger on Feb. 21, 2024

Reviewed by: Paul Pronsati on Feb. 19, 2024

Doing well

Reviewed by: Daniel Todd on Feb. 14, 2024

Absolutely beautiful in the tank. Minds his own business and just swims gingerly in and out of rocks. No one bothers him and he doesn’t bother anyone. A must have if you already don’t have one.

Reviewed by: Dale Pichelmayer on Jan. 30, 2024

Reviewed by: Matt Troyer on Jan. 8, 2024

Reviewed by: Glenn Morrow on Dec. 18, 2023

Beautiful little fish. Perfect reef safe wrasse for any nano tank, as they don’t get any bigger than 3”, and usually stay even smaller than that. Also one of the best wrasses you can get for pest control among your rock work and corals, as they are constantly on the hunt for any little creatures they can eat (I.e. bristleworms, flat worms, vermatid and pyramid snails, etc). They can get a bit territorial as adults, so just make sure they’re one of the last fish you add to your aquarium if you have a community tank with more passive natured fish. If you have all territorial semi-aggressive to aggressive fish on the other hand, put them in an acclimation box for the first week, so the other fish don’t bully him the second you put him in. Bc, once the other fish have seen him in the box for a little while, they’ll let down their guard and his presence won’t bother them anymore.

Reviewed by: Dana Kligerman on Dec. 14, 2023

Very small but survived shipping. Rats well.

Reviewed by: John Atella on Dec. 6, 2023

Always moving

Reviewed by: Alvin Barbes on Dec. 4, 2023

Reviewed by: Joshua Aust on Dec. 3, 2023

Reviewed by: Hayden Hendricks on Nov. 26, 2023

Very active. Does not bother any other fish. A great color and constantly picks at the rocks.

Reviewed by: Christopher Reason on Nov. 16, 2023

Reviewed by: Robert Pilny on Nov. 12, 2023

Reviewed by: Greg Woods on Nov. 8, 2023

These guys are probably one of the best wrasses for pest control in my opinion. They stay very small, but can be big time bullies. So make sure u put them in last so they don’t think the entire tank is their territory, making it hard to add another fish if they do. When I was a nube in reefing, I put one in as one of my first fish (along w some clowns) and he would harass any/every fish I put in after him. But, make it the last addition and they’re usually model citizens.

Reviewed by: Robert Kligerman on Nov. 5, 2023

Very healthy and active.

Reviewed by: Jacob Hill on Sept. 20, 2023

More mellow than you my think

Reviewed by: John Stone on Sept. 17, 2023

Doing great Renly is his name

Reviewed by: Suzanne Losito on Aug. 15, 2023

Reviewed by: Andrew Zeigler on Aug. 14, 2023

Reviewed by: Harold Hoffman on Aug. 14, 2023

Love his color

Reviewed by: Kim Smith on July 24, 2023

Reviewed by: Lauren Frank on July 13, 2023

Reviewed by: Sunil Jasani on June 27, 2023

Reviewed by: David Orear on June 27, 2023

Reviewed by: David Orear on June 27, 2023

Love this little guy. Arrived perfectly. Acclimated with no problems. Eats well. Gets along with everything. Very colorful. Thanks Saltwaterfish. Com.

Reviewed by: Debbie Dublo on Nov. 14, 2016

Great addition to the tank, cute, colorful and lots of personality.

Reviewed by: Holly Weiland on May 3, 2016

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