Carpenter’s Flasher Wrasses are native to the Indo-Pacific region. These fish are often referred to as Redfin Flasher Wrasses. Juveniles of this species have an orange body with blue vertical stripes. As they grow and develop, their bodies lighten to more of a yellow color with horizontal blue lines. The males are usually more vibrant in color and have large dorsal and anal fins. The dorsal fin of the male has 3 elongated rays and appears bright red with blue and yellow accents. A Carpenter’s Flasher Wrasse can reach up to 3 inches in length and requires an aquarium of at least 55 gallons with live rock and plenty of room to swim.
Carpenter’s Flasher Wrasses are carnivores. These beauties are considered reef safe, but may eat the occasional small invertebrate. They also will accept flake foods, pellets, and small meaty offerings like Mysis shrimp or roe. A good variety of foods will keep your Carpenter’s Flasher Wrasse healthy.
As stated earlier, a Carpenter’s Flasher Wrasse can reach up to 3 inches in length and requires an aquarium of at least 55 gallons with live rock and plenty of room to swim. These fish are considered to be good, peaceful community fish. Many aquarists keep multiple Carpenter’s Flasher Wrasses to enjoy the interaction of the male and females. As courtship begins, the males turn more vibrant in color and flash their beautiful dorsal fins in proud displays. To limit unnecessary aggression, it is advised to keep only 1 male if you intend to keep multiples. If you intend to keep fish - especially a wrasse, a netted lid is recommended.