Chiseltooth Wrasse

Chiseltooth Wrasse

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Pseudodax moluccanus

The Chiseltooth Wrasse makes a brilliantly-colored, peaceful addition to the home aquarium, and is ideally suited for the advanced aquarist. Like all wrasses, it exhibits fascinating behavior and has a protrudible jaw which aids in feeding. The Chiseltooth Wrasse is one of the larger specimens in the genus, growing up to a foot in length. The Chiseltooth Wrasse is considered ideal for the expert aquarist or research aquarium. Like other Labrids, these fish can try and leap from the aquarium, so a tight fitting lid and covered overflow boxes are a must.

In the wild, adults are usually found along drop-offs below 50 feet near caves, while younger specimens often take refuge inside them. The only species in the genus Pseudodax, the Chiseltooth Wrasse is related to the parrotfish and tends to exhibit behaviors similar to wrasse in the genus Anampes.

The Chiseltooth Wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp and other meaty foods.

Care Level - Difficult
Temperament - Peaceful
Color Form - Black, Blue, Yellow
Diet - Carnivore
Reef Compatible - With Caution
Water Conditions - sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size - 10"
Origin - Africa, Fiji, Sri Lanka
Family - Labridae
Minimum Tank Size - 125 gallons