Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) Care
The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, is also known as the Common Cleaner Wrasse. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. They have a silvery body with black and blue horizontal stripes. They are cleaner fish and will help remove parasites from other fish in the aquarium; the more fish to clean, the happier they will be.
Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasses can reach up to 5½” and require an aquarium of at least 70 gallons with plenty of live rock and a fine sand bed. They are peaceful and very social fish and do well in pairs and small groups. They are so eager to clean, that they may actually annoy other fish in the tank.
The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse is considered reef safe with caution because they may pick at clam mantles and corals as an adult.
These wrasses are carnivores and their diet consists primarily of parasitic copepods and other invertebrates that are taken from the mouth and gill openings of larger fish. They also feed occasionally on free-swimming crustaceans. They can be very difficult to keep because they may not accept brine and mysis shrimp. For this reason, we have classified them as an Advanced fish bordering on Expert-Only.
We recommend the Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse for larger tanks with plenty of larger fish to clean.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 1½” to 2¼”
Medium: 2¼” to 3¼”
Large: 3¼” to 4″
Extra Large: 4″ to 5½”