The Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) is a small Wrasse, which serves as a cleaner for fish in the wild. These fish have markings that allow fish to know that they do not pose a threat, but have come to clean them of parasites. The Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) has a gold colored fore body with a black horizontal stripe beginning at its mouth and gradually widening to its tail. The rear body of this fish is both violet and purple. Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) set up cleaning stations in the wild where fish will come to be cleaned.
The Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) is a salt water species found in regions of Hawaii. The Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) is a high maintenance fish. The care level for this fish is difficult, and should only be attempted by expert aquarists. A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with a sealed lid, a 2-3 inch sandy bottom to hide under when frightened from other peaceful Wrasses, including its own species provides a good environment for Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii). It has a peaceful temperament and acts peacefully towards fishes of other species. It should be kept in mind to keep this fish with species of fish that match its temperament. Aggressive fishes can harass it. Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) does not have any specific swimming level. It will eat fire worms and pyramidellid snails, protecting corals and clams. In addition, Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) may eat feather dusters, wild shrimp, tubeworms, and flatworms. It may also eat parasites off of tank mates.
The Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) will accept all fish foods. Regular feedings should include a variety of prepared and live meaty foods, such as feeder shrimps, flaked foods, and marine fish. Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) may often lie on their sides and can be appear to be dying, but are actually in fine health. Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) can also spin cotton like substance to protect themselves while they rest, which can make them appear dead. For this reason these fishes are known to "play dead", so do not be misled by this behavior. Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) can be helpful in reef tanks where some medications cannot be used to help control disease.
Maximum Size: Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) grows up to 12 inches.
General Size Specifications: The small size will come to you generally 1½ to 3 inches; the medium generally 3 to 4 inches; the large generally 4 to 6 inches; the XL generally 6 to 9 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) 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). It prefers high light in the aquarium.
Habitat: Range: Hawaii
Feeding and Diet: Golden Cleaner Wrasse (Hawaii) is a carnivore and likes to eat variety of chopped crustaceans, fish pieces, shrimp, shellfish, and squid.