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Ornate Leopard Wrasse

  • Macropharyngodon Wrasse are also known as Leopard Wrasses.

  • They should be added to well established aquariums with plenty of room to swim. Plenty of rock work should be provided for hunting and hiding.

  • Leopard Wrasse are very active during the day looking for small invertebrates, crustaceans and snails.

  • A deep sand bed is also needed for burrowing at night or when threatened.

  • A diet of rich in meaty based foods should be provided, if Wrasse ignores preparations live foods such as small shrimp may need to be supplemented.

  • Leopard Wrasse are hermaphroditic meaning females may at some point in their life may turn into a male.

  • Leopard Wrasse can be difficult to house we recommend expert hobbyists only.

  • Leopard Wrasse tend to be shy and easily harrassed but do thrive in a harem of 1 male and several females if added at the same time.

  • Leopard Wrasse may be sensitive to copper be sure to monitor aquarium levels.

  • Ornate Leopard Wrasse can grow to a little over 5".


We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 75 gallons or larger for this species.


Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

Care Info

Care: Moderate

Behavior: Social

Diet: Herbivore, Frozen Food,  Live Food

Habitat: Reef

Light: Medium

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