Leopard Wrasse (Macropharyngodon meleagris) Care
The Leopard Wrasse, Macropharyngodon meleagris, is also known as the Blackspotted Wrasse. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. Males have an orange body with black-edged green spots and yellow markings. Females have a more greenish body with brownish-black markings. As with all leopard wrasses this fish needs a deep fine sand bed to live in and sleep. We recommend at least 4 to 6 inches of fine sand be both in any QT tank and the final display tank for them to be healthy. They require aquariums with tight fitting covers as they can be easily scared and will attempt to jump out of the tank.
Leopard Wrasses can reach up to 6″ and require an aquarium of at least 50 gallons and get along with most fish, except other male wrasses. They will likely hide for several days when first introduced to a new aquarium and have even been known to hide for as much as 6 days when they first arrive.
It is important to note that these fish do not ship well due to the lack of sand in the shipping containers. You should be ready with a tank that has a deep fine sand bed and matches the SQ they will arrive in from us.
Leopard Wrasses are carnivorous and must be fed a diet rich in meaty foods. They Will readily accept most meaty frozen foods such as mysis shrimp, krill, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, finely chopped shrimp, clams, mussels along with high quality flake and pellet food. Feed small amounts 2 or 3 times per day. They require expert care because they can be very finicky eaters. Having a refugium attached to your tank will provide the small crustaceans, tiny snails, copepods, and zooplankton they need to thrive.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 1½” to 2”
Small-Medium: 2” to 2½”
Medium: 2½” to 3¼”
Medium-Large: 3¼” to 4”
Large: 4” to 4½”
Extra Large: 4½” to 5½”
Extra Extra Large: 5½” to 6½”