Pastel Ring Wrasse, Juvenile

(Hologymnosus doliatus)

Add Hologymnosus Wrasse to well established aquariums. Provide an aquarium with ample rock work with plenty of crevices, cracks, caves and a deep sand bed. House only one Hologymnosus as they may become territorial. If frightened they may bury themselves in the sand. These Wrasse will pick up mouthfuls of sand, sift it for crustaceans and then spit out the sand. Hologymnosus Wrasse generally feed on benthic invertebrates and small fish. Provide a diet rich in meaty foods fed multiple times daily. Adults may require live foods such as Grass or Glass shrimp in order to maintain good health. Wrasse are hermaphrodites meaning they start as juveniles/females but at some point in their life may turn into a male. Wrasse are jumpers be sure to provide an aquarium with a tight fitting lid.

The Pastel Ring Wrasse are sometimes also known as the Candycane Wrasse. Not often seen in the aquarium trade. Juveniles and adults will have color differences. Juveniles are generally a yellow to white with horizontal red stripes, as they mature they begin to turn a yellow to tan color with dark yellow vertical stripes, males will have a pale green head with irregular white stripes, dark green body, divided with a vertical stripe on the front of its body. Pastel Ring Wrasse can grow to almost 20".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 250 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 CareEasyEasy
  • Behavior: BehaviorSocialSocial BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food DietLive FoodLive Food
  • Habitat: HabitatReefReef HabitatSand FlatSand Flat
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