Halichoeres leucoxanthus (Yellow Wrasse)

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Halichoeres leucoxanthus (Yellow Wrasse)

Post  thierry on Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:50 pm

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QUICK STATS
  • Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Reef Compatible: With Caution
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
  • Max. Size: 5"
  • Color Form: Purple, White, Yellow
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Origin: Indonesia, Sri Lanka
  • Family: Labridae
  • Insert Date: 7 July 2010


The Yellow & Purple Wrasse is also known as the White or Four Spot wrasse, and originates from the invertebrate-rich waters of Sri Lanka. The Juvenile form is yellow and white/purple in coloration. The top half of the fish is yellow, while the lower half is white to purple. As the fish matures, the yellow coloration is lost to a beautiful pink coloration. Exercise caution if including this species into a reef aquarium, as it may feed upon feather dusters, ornamental shrimp and other similar invertebrates.
The Yellow & Purple Wrasse requires a 50-gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock and a few inch deep sand bed which it will use for hiding and grazing. This species is a known jumper, and a tight fitting canopy is a must. It will eat fireworms and pyramidellid snails, protecting corals and clams. In addition, it may also eat feather dusters, wild shrimp, tubeworms, and flatworms. However, they will not bother polyps, mushrooms or corals.

The Yellow & Purple Wrasse wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.


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Bought the fish

Post  thierry on Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:55 pm

Through one of the forums I'm a member of I noticed this fish. The person selling it did so because the whole aquarium was going to be sold after one of their anemones died ejecting a toxin into the aquarium which they couldn't get out anymore.
To be sure I inserted the fish into the aquarium without adding the water.

In the pictures below you can see the aquarium how it used to be with them, the fish are hard to see in the picture unfortunately.

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First Pictures

Post  thierry on Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:33 am

He is visible a lot, which is nice, swimming back and forth in the front of the aquarium. We haven’t seen him dive into the sand yet, but it is supposed to do so.

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New pictures + Movie

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New corals

Post  thierry on Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:18 pm

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Mushrooms Split

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Angelfish sold, tank rebuild

Post  thierry on Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:17 am

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Name change

Post  thierry on Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:42 am

Today I found out that it was not the Halichoeres Chrysus but it's brother, the Halichoeres Leucoxanthus. Difference between the two is that the chrysus is all yellow and the leucoxanthus has a white belly.

The Leucoxanthus


The Chrysus
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Back from vacation

Post  thierry on Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:30 pm

Been in the aquarium for 2 months is the Yellow Wrasse. We got him together with the Angelfish, but since he wasn’t a success we sold him shortly after. The Yellow Wrasse is doing fine, but is very jumpy and is scared quickly.

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New mushrooms

Post  thierry on Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:50 pm

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Bought Firefish and 2 Peppermint Shrimps

Post  thierry on Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:45 pm

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Cleaning november 2010

Post  thierry on Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:13 pm

The yellow wrasse is still a scared fish, doesn’t show himself much, even less then he already did. He constantly hides underneath the plateau underneath the Anemone. I hardly see him eat anymore, maybe he is becoming too big for the aquarium. He was already pretty big when we got him of course. Only problem is that I don’t really feel like trying to catch him and rebuild everything again. So let’s just give it some time.

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Just Pictures

Post  thierry on Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:39 am

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Sick?

Post  thierry on Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:18 am

Monday I noticed that the Wrasse was acting strange. He is hardly active anymore and often lies underneath the Anemone rock with his belly up. Also his breathing seems to be heavier and faster. Don’t know how long he will keep this up or if he gets better.
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Dead

Post  thierry on Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:59 am

Two days after the last post it seemed that it was over. After looking real close in the aquarium I could see something which looked like the Wrasse underneath the rocks at a place that we couldn’t reach. But now, 4 days later, there is no trace anymore of the Wrasse.
The cause is still unknown, but stress might have something to do with it. In the beginning he showed himself often, swimming around. Some months after he got in he hide more underneath the rocks, coming out only when he thought no one was near.
Not sure if we are going to get a new Wrasse, maybe to help against the Planaria? But it sure wont be another Yellow Wrasse.
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