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Lightning Wrasse
Lightning Wrasse
Halichoeres cyanocephalus

Halichoeres cyanocephalus or Lightning wrasse is lavendar or light blue color with a yellow stripe down the dorsal section. As a juvenile it behaves like a cleaner type of wrasse and will setup stations on the reef to clean damsels, tangs and other fish that will allow the wrasse to attend to them. Reportedly will eat isopods, pyramillid snails and bristleworms. Requires fine substrate to sleep in. This active water column swimmer is well known for jumping from tanks without any kind of covering. Please check for availability of this fish by email or phone as it is not commonly imported.
Maximum Size: the Halichoeres cyanocephalus grows up to 5 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The Lightning Wrasse prefers a tank of at least 50 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.
Diet: The Halichoeres cyanocephalus 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 Lightning Wrasse is a medium maintenance fish.
Behavior: The Lightning Wrasse may act peacefully 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).
Range: Indo-Pacific.

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