The Paddlefin Wrasse is named not only for its native environment, the Sea of Cortez, but also for its bold rainbow coloring. Like all the Thalassoma wrasses, the Cortez Rainbow Wrasse has more than one color phase and for this fish there are two. In their natural environment the these fish are most abundant as juveniles and initial phase females with a striped rainbow pattern. A few terminal phase males, like the one pictured above, will be mixed in. In either phase they are beautiful and a joy to watch. It should reside in a 75 gallon or larger aquarium with larger, aggressive tank mates, and plenty of rocks for hiding. It will become territorial and harass any new additions to the community, therefore, it should be the last fish added to the community. It may be kept with a mate if the aquarium is 125 gallons or larger. It may eat mantis shrimp and bristleworms. It does not eat corals or live plants.
- Scientific Name: Thalassoma lucasanum
- Max Size: 7 inches
- Origin: Central America
- Food: Vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp and other meaty food along with high quality marine pellet food.
- Shipping Size: Approx. SM 1 TO 3 INCHES,MD 3 TO 4 INCHES,LG 4 TO 6INCHES
(Picture is a Adult Paddlefin Wrasse)