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Banana Wrasse
(Thalassoma lutescens)
Banana Wrasse
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Blue, Green, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 1'
Origin Fiji, Melanesia
Family Labridae
Minimum Tank Size 125 gallons
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The Banana Wrasse is also known as the Yellow-brown Wrasse, Sunset Wrasse, or Yellow Wrasse. As an adult, it takes on a yellow appearance if female, and a blue appearance if male. Both sexes have facial markings in green and fine vertical striping along the body. The fins are very colorfully marked.

It should reside in a 125 gallon or larger aquarium, with other aggressive tank mates, such as Tangs, Puffers and small Triggers and Angels. They are active fish and require plenty of rocks for hiding and a tight-fitting lid. It will become territorial and harass any new additions to the community, therefore, it should be added last to the tank. 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.

The Banana Wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.

Approximate Purchase Size: Males: Small: 1-1/2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 6"; Large: 6" to 10" Females: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Small/Medium: 2" to 3" Medium: 3" to 4"; Medium/Large: 4" to 5"; Large: 5" to 6"

Customer Testimonials

Buffie C Saint Charles , MO
I really like this fish, although it is aggressive towards other fish. It feeds out of my hand when I feed frozen brine shrimp.
Denise M South China , ME
When I first started my aquarium, What I thought was a 1 inch fish turned out to grow up to 1 foot, Whoops :-) This fish is absolutely beautiful and he has a puppy dog face. The other fish thought he was annoying, he was only excited and wanted everyone to share his enthusiasm. When he ate my clam that was it. I was going to adopt him out. I could never catch him after 4 hours, so I kept him, I grew to love that fish and yes he could be hand fed. He ended up catching something from another fish that got sick. I tried to relax him by rubbing his side. Poor thing was such a trooper, went through so much and died. I will never forget him, and no other fish will replace him :-(
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