Lyretail Wrasse (Thalassoma lunare) Care
The Lyretail Wrasse, Thalassoma lunare, is best kept in a FOWLR (Fish Only with Live Rock) aquarium of 100 gallons or more. They can reach a length of 10 inches and need large areas to swim in and plenty of rock work as hiding places along with a deep fine sand bed of 4 inches or greater. This fish is very active fish and need tank-mates that are larger and somewhat but peaceful to hold their own against the Lyretail Wrasse.
They are know to move rocks and bottom living corals in order to find prey along with disturbing existing sand beds by blowing streams of water looking for food, so ensure the rock work and structures are secure. While they do not eat corals or plants they are known to eat snails, tubeworms, sea stars, cucumbers, urchins, crabs, and shrimp
The Lyretail Wrasse will quickly burrow into the sand if frightened, and occasionally for sleeping at night.
Only keep one male fish per aquarium.
These fish are carnivores and will eat most regular fortified aquarium food such as finely chopped frozen or fresh meaty foods. You can feed them brine, mysis, squid, shrimp, clam and flake and pellet foods two to three times a day.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 2” to 2½”
Small-Medium: 2½” to 3½”
Medium: 3½” to 4½”
Medium-Large: 4½” to 5½”
Large: 5½” to 6½”
Extra Large: 6½” to 7½”
Extra Extra Large: 7½” to 8½”
Show: 8½” to 10½”