The Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse is also known as the Carpenter's Wrasse, or Red fin Flasher Wrasse. It is orange with blue vertical stripes as a juvenile. As the fish matures and becomes an adult, the coloration becomes yellow with a series of broken blue horizontal stripes. The dorsal fin features three elongated rays and is red in color accented with yellows and blues. The colors of the adult male Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse intensifies when in courtship, whereas the female’s coloration and overall appearance are more subdued. The female Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse also does not feature the large dorsal and anal fins. Paracheilinus carpenteri or Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse is a very colorful addition and is an excellent substitute for the harder to keep Anthias. The coloration of Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse is stunning and will be a well enjoyed favorite of the tank.
The Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse is a saltwater species that is found in Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Western Pacific region. These wonderful fish make a fascinating display in the peaceful community tank. Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse is one of the most popular and best fish for a reef tank. Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse is typically not aggressive toward non related species, although large males may chase other zooplankton feeders. Male Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse is most spectacular when they "flash" (display) toward other fishes or their reflections in the aquarium glass.
Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse is a medium maintenance fish. The Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse requires a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with a tight fitting lid since it is a jumper. A grouping is acceptable and often recommended, since the females will encourage the male to perform colorful displays. The females should be introduced into the tank first. Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse is often harassed by other fish so the Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse should be the first species introduced into the aquarium. It is best to keep it with peaceful tank mates. Keep one male per tank. It should not be kept with other male flasher wrasses, unless the tank is very large. You can keep females together and a group of females with a single male. When Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse when first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. In the wild, it is a plankton feeder. In aquariums, its diet should consist of finely chopped meats and live or frozen brine and mysis shrimp.
Maximum Size: Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse grows up to 3.5 inches.
General Size Specifications: This fish will come to you generally around 1 to 3 inches
Minimum Tank Size: The Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse prefers a tank of at least 30 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim. Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F).
Habitat: Range: Western Pacific region.
Feeding and Diet: Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse is a carnivore and likes to eat variety of meaty treats including frozen mysis, saltwater feeder shrimp, squid, scallop clam and other crustaceans.