McCosker’s flasher wrasse of Africa
The McCosker’s Flasher Wrasse is a stunning and reef-safe species of wrasse that is sure to add beauty and activity to your aquarium. This wrasse is hardy and adapts well to established home aquariums. The male McCosker’s Flasher Wrasse is predominantly red/orange with blue, horizontal stripes that complement its yellow stomach. Its orange dorsal fin is accented with red, yellow, and blue, featuring a single elongated ray. A beautiful, red band across the orange anal fin creates an impressive and bold color scheme. Meanwhile, the female has a more subdued coloration and overall appearance, without the large dorsal and anal fins. To ensure the safety of this jumper, a 55 gallon (or larger) aquarium with a tight-fitting lid is necessary. Often found along reef slopes and rubble zones, the McCosker’s Flasher Wrasse is known to swim near the bottom and form small groups, where the male swims back and forth between groups of females. During courtship, the colors of an adult male become more vibrant, and he may flare or “flash” his fins to attract females. It is recommended to keep only one male per aquarium display. To maintain a healthy diet, it is recommended to feed the McCosker’s Flasher Wrasse vitamin-enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods. High-quality marine flake and marine pellet food can also be included.