Tripletail Maori Wrasse

(Cheilinus trilobatum)

Add Cheilinus Wrasse to well established aquariums with plenty of open swim space. Provide ample rock work with caves and crevices for sleeping. Cheilinus Wrasse can be quite territorial and will pick at and consume crustaceans, feather dusters, seastars and small fish. If Cheilinus Wrasse are not readily consuming a carnivorous rich diet provide live Brine, Glass/Grass shrimp or feeder fish to entice a feeding response. Cheilinus Wrasse will consume large amounts of food at one time and then won't eat for a few days after. Only one Cheilinus Wrasse per aquarium is recommended. Wrasse are hermaphrodites meaning they start as juveniles/females but at some point in their life may turn into a male. Wrasse are known to jump provide an aquarium with a tight fitting lid.

The Tripletail Maori Wrasse is also known simply as the Tripletail Wrasse. Rarely seen in the aquarium trade. Adult and juvenileTripletail Maori Wrasse will have different colorations. Adults will have a brown to olive green body, pink and pale green to blue line on each of its scales and pink dots on their head. Juveniles are similar in color but have three dark spots on the middle of each side of their bodies. Tripletail Maori Wrasse can grow up to 18".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 150 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

  • Care: CareModerateModerate
  • Behavior: BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
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