Six Line Wrasse

Pseudocheillinus hexataenia

(24 Reviews)

Six Line Wrasse

Six Line Wrasse

Pseudocheillinus hexataenia

(24 Reviews)

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Six Line Wrasse Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Carnivore
Reef Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 55 Gallons
Max Size: 3 inches

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: Thomas Bartles on Feb. 26, 2024

Looking good happy and healthy

Reviewed by: Mike Fawcett on Jan. 2, 2024

The sixline wrasse has always been one of my favorite wrasses for the the reef tank (especially if you have a smaller tank, as they don’t get very big at all). They’re super pretty, help with pest control, and will hold their own against any larger aggressive fish you may keep in your reef tank.

Reviewed by: Robert Kligerman on Dec. 3, 2023

Caution! A beautiful fish but a little hellion! He attacked both of my dottybacks as well as my damsel. I had to take him out or I feel he would've killed all three of them.

Reviewed by: Randell Tober on Sept. 3, 2018

A beautiful fish but not completely reef safe as I have witnessed this fish devour a cleaner shrimp. Do use some caution.

Reviewed by: Brian on Sept. 20, 2017

I love my wrasse! It's a beauty! Though you don't see it all the time, it swims through my rocks and does great with my coral.

Reviewed by: Larissa Amber on July 9, 2017

Great fish, he stays very busy cleaning up around the tank, great addition to my nano.

Reviewed by: Debi Bush on April 6, 2017

Fantastic fish! One of the best reef fish. They might pick on smaller shrimp when full grown, although they stay pretty small, and good for smaller tanks. Only 1 per tank. Great for helping keep bristle worms in check, and sometimes help with flatworms. Absolutely beautiful, and generally very peaceful

Reviewed by: Lawrence Page on Dec. 10, 2016

This is a must have fish for any reef tank. Very colorful and hardy and would eat flat worms (cannot rely on the fish alone).

Reviewed by: Tony on July 9, 2015

Love this little fish, super friendly with the tank mates and plays all day in the rocks.

Reviewed by: Michelle Denson on July 9, 2015

Immediately got along with the rest of the reef fish. Darts in and out of small places. Gets chased by the female clown when he is too close to the anemoie but otherwise gets along.

Reviewed by: John Miller on May 18, 2015

Great fish! It does like to hide in the rocks, but still comes out to swim around. Beautiful coloration.

Reviewed by: Kari Priborsky on April 13, 2015

Nice looking fish with a great personality, comes out and really loves to be fed. I had bought it hoping it would eat flat worms, but no luck on that. Still a great buy and a wonderful fish.

Reviewed by: Dickie52 on March 18, 2015

Sixline wrasse is tiny but beautiful. Very healthy and eating next day. Thanks

Reviewed by: Susan on March 11, 2015

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Reviewed by: Jules on Sept. 29, 2014

My sixline wrasse is my favorite fish. He came to me in great shape and has had a full belly since I put him in my tank. Very active and I have not seen a bristle worm since he was introduced. I highly recommend getting one!

Reviewed by: Geoff C on Sept. 1, 2014

Beautiful fish and great addition to any reef tank b/c they help rid of parasites and keep bristle worms from over populating your tank.

Reviewed by: Scott on Aug. 31, 2014

Fantastic, hardy little fish, perfect for my new, recently cycled aquarium. Very active, beautiful fish, fun to watch.

Reviewed by: Dave on Aug. 26, 2014

A great fish and very hardy and it gets along with the other fish.

Reviewed by: Brian Depriest on Aug. 2, 2014

Nice healthy fish, going after the bristle worms. Great price

Reviewed by: Rob on July 6, 2014

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