Yellow Coris Wrasse – A Great Addition for Pest Control

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Today’s post we are going to talk about the Yellow Coris Wrasse. 

About the Yellow Coris Wrasse

The Yellow Coris Wrasse is known to the aquatic community under various names: golden rainbowfish, golden wrasse, yellow coris, and canary are several names that you will see. Its scientific name is Halichoeres chrysus and it hails from the Pacific Ocean to the edges of the eastern Indian Ocean. In the wild, they can be found in areas around 60 to 200 feet deep.They are known for grouping together in all stages of life and young wrasses and be identified with the one or two spots they have on their dorsal fin. 

Yellow Coris Wrasse in the Aquarium

Below are the main stats for the Yellow Coris Wrasse:

  • Minimum Tank Size – 40 Gallons
  • Max Size – 5″
  • Temperament – Peaceful

The Yellow Coris Wrasse is best known for its ability to eat a number of nuisance pests in the aquarium. Really they well eat just about any pest in the aquarium except for aiptasia.

They will eat nearly any type of meaty food offered to them and do not get too large with the max size usually being around 5″. They are one of the more docile wrasses in the Halichoeres genus and are model citizens in your tank. They not aggressive towards other fish and nor are they particularly territorial. They do prefer a sandy substrate as they are known for burying themselves. Keep this in mind if you are thinking about a bare-bottom setup. They are a fairly hardy fish and a good choice for a beginner.

The great thing about the yellow coris wrasse is the availability of tank bred varieties. They can be easily found tank bred either online or locally. The tank bred varieties tend to be hardier, drama free, and also help preserve the wild reef environment. Whenever a tank bred variety is available I always recommend the tank raised fish over the wild caught one. 

The main issue with these fish are their tendency to jump out of the tank when stressed. It it recommended that you cover your tank with a mesh screen  to prevent any accidental fatalities.  

Are They Reef Safe?

Yes, they are reef safe. I have seen reports on forums where they have eating corals or disturbs other inhabitants, but I feel a lot of these issues are mostly due to not having the fish feed well or lack of space. That being said, all fish have different personalities and you could get a yellow coris wrasse who’s personality is not the norm. The best way to prevent any tank drama is having the right tank, having them well feed, and purchasing a tank bred specimen. 

What’s Your Experience With The Yellow Coris Wrasse

Let us know your experience with this fish in the comments below. We love hearing everyone’s personal experience and tank stories.

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Got mine yesterday pit him in the tank he vanished straight away at that point i didnt no they hide under the sand so 4 hours later a gave up looking for him (i thought he jumped out) wake up today hes gracfully swimming round the tank great bit of colour added to the tank and hes supper friendly if i go to the tank hes straight there in front of me lovly looking fish not what i was looking for i wanted a foxface or a yellow tang but they didnt have any so came home with this guy but glad i did

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  2. I have had my Yellow Wrasse for about 3.5 years and it hardly stays out, it comes out in the morning for maybe an hour or 2 just to eat and goes right back in it’s spot under the substrate. I thought something was wrong with it and also removed a Pink Dottyback that picked at the Wrasse a little but still goes right back under the sand. It’s Very Bright Yellow and eats Great but will Not go far from it’s spot which is a Skull, pushed down in the fine sand, he dives down in the eye of the skull, under the sand and will remain there until the next morning. It’s been doing this for about 2 years, maybe a little longer and as said eats well and looks beautiful. Just can’t understand why it prefers living 22 – 24 hours a day in the skull under the sand. The tank is a 54 Gallon Corner with a Classic 110 Reef Octopus Skimmer and has been running since 11/00/2013. Anyone had any simialar experiences with their Yellow Wrasses? Thanks, Tim

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  3. I have a 220 gallon tank that was heavily infected with dinoflagellates . One week ago I bought 5 inch-long yellow coris wrasses .Today I have hardly any infestation.They are cute eating machines. Thanks for the recommendation .

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