Polynesian Wrasse, Male

(Pseudojuloides atavai)

Pseudojuloides Wrasse should be added to a well established aquarium with plenty of swimroom. Provide plenty of rockwork with caves and crevices for hiding. A deep sandy bottom should also be provided as Pseudojuloides Wrasse are burrowers, they bury themselves in the sand at night and if they are frightened. Pseudojuloides can be kept with other peaceful tank mates. Pseudojuloides Wrasse may not eat readily when first introduced to the aquarium. If seeing an unwilliness to eat add fortified live mysis or Brine shrimp to their carnivorous diet, fed multiple times daily. Pseudojuloides are not reef safe and will prey on hard shelled invertebrates. May see male and female color differences. Wrasse are hermaphrodites meaning they start as juveniles/females but at some point in their life may turn into a male. Provide an aquarium with a tight fitting lid as they may jump.

The Polynesian Wrasse are also sometimes known as the Polynesian Sunset Wrasse. Rarely seen in the aquarium trade. Coloration may vary depending upon maturity. Females are an orange brown color with a white belly as the mature their head becomes yellow and reticulated with an orange to pink belly and pectoral fins, yellow crosshatch markings, and a purple to black color on the back portion of their body. Polynesian Wrasse can grow to a little over 5".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 50 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: CareDifficultDifficult
  • Behavior: BehaviorSocialSocial
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