The Diamond Tail Flasher (Paracheilinus attenuatus)
Diamond Tail Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus attenuatus), among the best ornamental fish for home aquariums due to attractiveness and being reef-safe.
The male Diamond Tail Flasher Wrasse is vibrantly colored and is predominantly red/orange in coloration with blue, horizontal stripes that complement its yellow stomach. The multi-colored dorsal fin is accented with red, yellow, and blue coloration and features a single elongated ray. A gorgeous, red band across the anal fin enhances its bold and impressive color palette. The caudal, or tail fin, is flashy in color and diamond shaped. The female Diamond Tail Flasher Wrasse is more subdued in coloration and overall appearance with smaller fins.
The Diamond Tail Flasher Wrasse requires an established 55 gallon (or larger) aquarium with a tight-fitting lid since it is a jumper. In the wild, the Diamond Tail Flasher Wrasse are often found along reef slopes and rubble zones where they swim near the bottom and forming small groups in which the male swims back and forth between groups of females. The colors of an adult male intensifies during courtship and he may flare or “flash” his fins to attract females. We recommend only one male per aquarium display.
The diet of the Diamond Tail Flasher Wrasse should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.
Approximate Purchase Size: Transitioning: 1″ to 2″ Initial Phase Male: 2″ to 3″; Terminal Phase: 3″ – 4″; Juvenile: Small: 1-1/2″ to 2″; Medium: 2″ to 3″.
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