Six Line Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia) Care
The Six Line Wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia, comes from the Indo-Pacific region. They have an orange body with six horizontal blue lines across the body and a bright green tail.
Six Line Wrasses can reach up to 3″ and require an aquarium of at least 30 gallons with plenty of live rock, hiding places, and a fine sandbed. They are good jumpers and should be kept in a tank with a cover. A deep sand bed is not needed for this wrasse to bury itself in at night. Instead they may form a mucus cocoon or wedge themselves into rock crevices. Should they form a cocoon to sleep in there is no need to remove it from the tank.
They are considered reef safe “with caution” because although they will not bother coral, they may attack small inverts and other wrasses, but they will eat the parasitic snails that infest Tridacna clams and commensal flatworms.
Only put one in an aquarium, unless it is 250 gallons or more and all are introduced at the same time and have different body lengths.
The Six Line Wrasse is carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp, high-quality frozen foods, pieces of fresh seafood, and flake and pellet foods.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 1” to 1¼”
Small-Medium: 1¼” to 1½”
Medium: 1½” to 1¾”
Medium-Large: 1¾” to 2”
Large: 2” to 2¼”
Extra Large: 2¼” to 2¾”