General information – The Leopard Wrasse is also known as the
Guinea Fowl Wrasse or Black spotted Wrasse. Like all the fish in the
Macropharyngodon family the Leopard Wrasse are born as females.
If there is lack of males around, one female will transfer to a male and
even the color patterns will be changed .These wrasses should only
be attempted by advanced aquarists as they are very difficult to
Common Name - Leopard Wrasse, Guinea Fowl Wrasse, Black
Scientific Name - Macropharyngodon Meleagris
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Family – Labridae
Origin - Cook Islands, Coral Sea, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Tahiti, Tonga Size –Up to about 4.3 inches (11 cm)
First discovered –Valenciennes, 1839
Nutrition – Carnivore, its diet should include frozen foods such as mysis shrimp, krill and brine shrimp.
High quality marine flake and marine pellet food are essential. .
Behavior – Peaceful
Maintenance and care – The Leopard Wrasse should be kept in minimum 50 gallon (189 liters) aquarium
with 2cm of sand, the Leopard Wrasse needs lots of live rocks and some room to swim. The Leopard
Wrasse need to be kept in quarantine for several weeks and need to be treated against internal worms,
70%-80% of them arrives with intestinal worms. Water changes on a monthly basis are sufficient to the
Water Parameters – Temperature: 72F-78F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, Specific Gravity: 1.020-1.025
Breeding- Not been bred in captivity
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