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Bicolor Wrasse Cleaner Fish

The Bicolor Cleaner Wrasse is a unique, reef-safe aquarium fish that plays an important role to help maintain a healthy, parasite-free ecosystem in a community tank. To most aquarist, they are somehow regarded as the ideal, must-have “cleaner fish” not only because of what they do (removing dead cells from the other aquarium inhabitants) but also the most important trait which they possess is that the fish seem to have higher chances of survival, first avoid falling prey to the other bigger tank occupants and then also adapting to the changing aquarium environment. Unlike the marine shrimps (which also serve similar cleanup function), these tiny invertebrates somehow will get hunted down easily and eaten by the other reef fishes (anything larger than their miniature size), while in contrary the bicolor cleaner wrasses that seems to be able to avoid all that and hold their own ground pretty well. Do not let their sizes deceive you, because bicolor cleaner wrasses which measures only up to maximum 6 inches in length are known to be territorial in nature and each individual fish will claim a particular reef area as its personal spot to set up its own grooming station.

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When it comes to subject of compatibility, it seems that fish from their own species will pose higher threat rather than having the presence of the other fish species in the vicinity. Somehow, due to unexplained phenomenon, they seem to get along well with other larger tank occupants (without getting harmed, even 10 or 20 times their size), including those having predatory nature such as the moray eel which will easily gulp and devour anything that looks like food to them. During their normal work activity, you will often find the bicolor cleaner fish nibbling on the surface of the other fishes’ body, helping to clean and remove unwanted parasites plus dead cells while at the same time, seizing the opportunity to consume off the mucous as part of their diet.

Bicolor Cleaner Wrasses (Labroides bicolor) are generally easy to maintain as long as there are enough fish around needing their cleaning service. Most aquarist tried to provide meaty supplement for fear of their precious pets not getting enough food supply but this is not even necessary because, the only thing that is important to them is the mucus from the fishes’ body. Identifying the bicolor can be quite easy because they possess the distinctive neon blue plus black horizontal stripes along with the yellowish shade that appears towards the tail fin region. Nowadays, it’s quite rare to see fine specimen being sold in fish shops and depending on where you came from, for what I know certain countries have banned collection of these fish from the wild because by depleting the numbers, it will actually have devastating effect towards maintaining a balanced ecosystem as a lot of reef fishes depend on the bicolor cleaner wrasse for survival. Check carefully with your local fish dealers and if you can find aquarium-bred specimen, then by all means you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to get your very own cleanup crew for your community reef tank.



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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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