Black Leopard Wrasse Fish
Category: Aquarium Fish Other
Facts about Black Leopard Wrasse fish. "Scientific name for Black Leopard Wrasse fish is Macropharyngodon negrosensis". The Black Leopard Wrasse fish are a peaceful and community fish and are often housed with a variety of other fish species, including the ones of their kind. It is recommended that when mixing the sexes, only one male be included among other females to avoid any aggression among male adults as they scramble for mates.
Features about Black Leopard Wrasse fish
The Black Leopard Wrasse fish is also called as the Yellow spotted Wrasse or Leopard Wrasse. The fish has dark body featuring blue to yellow spots, with some white and black strips running diagonally along its dorsal fins. Sometimes the fish are seen to have highlights of red color on their heads and tails. The fish is not recommended for the inexperienced aquarists. Black Leopard Wrasse fish fully mature reach on average a length of 4 3/4 inches (12 cm).
Habitat of the Black Leopard Wrasse fish
The Black Leopard Wrasse fish are known to have some very curious behaviors. They are often seen performing a little dance which has been realized to be a protection measure within their habitat. Since they are often on Indo-Pacific time, they don’t freak in case their sleeping time is made a bit odd at first. The Black Leopard Wrasse fish also do look out for local sandbar to hide in should their dance antic fail to work against predators.
Diet of the Black Leopard Wrasse fish
The Black Leopard Wrasse fish is a carnivore, have specialized eating habits and are somehow a little bit difficult to keep. The Black Leopard Wrasses in the wild they mostly eat small invertebrates such as foraminiferans (any unicellular organism of the rhizopodan order Foraminiferida) and snails, they also eat small amounts of amphipods and copepods.
In captivity he Black Leopard Wrasse fish diet should comprise vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, mysis and live black worms; vitamin enriched frozen Mysis shrimp among other meaty foods. The foods also need to be accompanied with a high quality marine pellet food and marine flake.
Aquarium care of Black Leopard Wrasse fish
Test the water when preparing your tank for your Black Leopard Wrasse fish: You will need to purchase a liquid tester so that you can test for Nitrates and Ammonia. The strip-style test kits are unreliable and a waste of money. You should use a dechlorinating product to remove the harmful chlorine from the water. Test for nitrite, ammonia, and proper PH. The ammonia should always be 0, the nitrite should be 0, and the nitrate should preferably be below 20 ppm. If it's at or above 40 parts per million (ppm), you have too many fish or are not changing the water often enough. Cycling your tank is important, Follow the steps to cycle your tank. This establishes healthy bacterial and chemical levels.
Remove 30% of the water from your Black Leopard Wrasse fish tank each month with new water, or a 15% water change every 2 weeks is ideal for keeping nitrates lower. With corals in the fish tank, then 20% water change every month, or 10% change every 2 weeks.