Blue Striped Tamarin Wrasse – Anampses femininus
Blue Striped Tamarin Wrasse, When it comes to rare wrasses, there’s arguably none better looking or rarer than the blue stripe tamarin wrasse (Anampses femininus). This extremely rare fish is obviously a knockout, but unfortunately they are just so hard to come by and just made their big debut onto the aquarium scene a few years ago. The first tamarin wrasse to arrive was a female of the species, and over the last couple of years that’s all that was being imported. That all changed in 2011, however, when Quality Marine brought in in the first ever male blue stripe tamarin wrasse. Fast forward to earlier this week and arowana paradise has somehow achieved the previously unthinkable.
Its vibrant yellow anterior that blends into a neon blue posterior is striking to say the least, and those light blue horizontal lines make the fish even more beautiful. In fact, this fish is so beautiful that I would venture to say that it is even prettier than the male of the species, which usually doesn’t occur. But, as we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Blue Stripped Tamarin Wrasse
The Blue Stripped Tamarin Wrasse, has been classed as one of the most beautiful wrasses available and are found in the Indo-Pacific, Africa, Red Sea and Great Barrier Reef regions.
The fish requires a aquarium of around 200 litres with at least a 2 inch layer of fine sand in order to satisfy its need to bury itself when sleeping or for protection. Additionally, it can be said that the wrasse should only be added to those established aquariums as they instinctively hunt for tiny crustaceans.
Many hobbyists suggest that wrasse can be a challenging fish to adjust to a captive environment and has been classed as a frequent jumper and jumps out of aquariums so having a lid would be viable. It is also said that to give these fish the best chance to thriving that they should be added to the aquarium before any larger and more aggressive fish, so that they have the efficient time to be introduced in a less stressful environment and adapt at their own pace.
Their Diet should consist of meaty foods, such as vitamin enriched frozen bring shrimp or mysis shrimp as well high quality marine pellets and flakes.
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