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Pseudocheilinus octotaenia or Eight-Line Wrasse comes in two color morphs. One morph is more orange and the other more pinkish in body hue. Harmless with corals and clams but will eat small crabs and other crustaceans and small snails. Also known to prey on bristleworms, pyramillid snails and commensal flatworms. May attack smaller tankmates and is best kept with larger or more aggressive fishes. May shred fins and remove scales while harassing smaller fish with it's large canine teeth. Best kept singly.
Maximum Size: the Pseudocheilinus octotaenia grows up to 6 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The Eight Line Wrasse prefers a tank of at least 20 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.
Diet: The Pseudocheilinus octotaenia 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 Eight Line Wrasse is a medium maintenance fish.
Behavior: The Eight Line Wrasse 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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