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Gomphosus varius also known as the Brown Bird Wrasse is the lesser brightly colored female mate to the spectacular male Green Bird Wrasse. These fish tend, like most wrasses, to be jumpers so be certain to have a safe and secure tank with plenty of wide open swimming space for this active water column swimmer. Dont let the small mouth and happy behavior fool you, this fish may become aggressive toward tankmates with time, this species is known for grabbing it's prey and bashing it into little bite sized pieces. If adding more than one female, they should be added at one time and only with one male. Does not bury in sand after dark, provide rock structure with caves for this fish to hide in.
Maximum Size: the Gomphosus varius grows up to 9 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The Brown Bird Wrasse (Female) prefers a tank of at least 80 gallons with plenty of places to hide &
Diet: The Gomphosus varius is a carnivore and likes to eat Variety of meaty treats including frozen mysis, saltwater feeder shrimp, squid, scallop clam and other crustaceans..
Level of Care: The Brown Bird Wrasse (Female) is a low maintenance fish.
Behavior: The Brown Bird Wrasse (Female) may act aggressively toward other fish.
Hardiness: this is a moderately hardy fish
Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F).
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