Lunare wra e
Scientific name: Thalassoma lunare Size potential: 30-45cm Where found: Widespread Indo-pacific and Red Sea to Hawaii Cost: £39-75
Lunare wrasse are beautiful, hardy and inexpensive, so it’s no surprise that they find their way into many marine aquaria. In a large aquarium with aggressive tankmates, they can work well. However, these fish become increasingly pugnacious as they mature – and that’s just the females! Males are particularly obnoxious towards docile or even semi-aggressive tankmates and demand a large aquarium of 1000l or more. Quite a few popular wrasse species are potential tankbusters, although not all will complete the transition from juvenile to female to male, and so won’t reach the maximum size recorded for the species. But beware, even females can outgrow all but the largest aquaria.
Lunare wrasse are quarrelsome as well as big!