Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus carpenteri)
Max Size: 3 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons
The Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse, also known as the Carpenter's Wrasse or Redfin Flasher Wrasse, exhibits distinct color variations throughout its life cycle. As a juvenile, it sports an orange body adorned with blue vertical stripes. However, as the fish matures into an adult, its coloration transforms into yellow with broken blue horizontal stripes. The adult male showcases more vibrant colors during courtship, while the female's appearance remains more subdued. Additionally, the females lack the prominent dorsal and anal fins.
To accommodate the Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse, a 55-gallon or larger aquarium with a secure lid is necessary as it has a tendency to jump. It is advisable to keep them in groups, as this encourages colorful displays by the males, with the females being introduced first. Since this species can be susceptible to harassment by other fish, it is recommended to introduce the Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse as the initial inhabitants of the aquarium. Compatibility with peaceful tank mates is essential.
In terms of diet, the Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse should be provided with a varied menu. This includes vitamin-enriched frozen mysis shrimp, frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods. Additionally, incorporating high-quality marine flake and marine pellet food is beneficial for their nutritional needs.