African Clown Wrasse ~ Gaimard Rainbow-wrasseFamily: Labridae Coris gaimardPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
Pictured above is an adult specimen of the Clown Wrasse, African Clown Wrasse, or Gaimard Rainbow-wrasse. The juvenile is much different with a general orange coloration and four white spot markings evenly spaced down the back of the fish.
The Clown Wrasse, African Clown Wrasse, or Gaimard Rainbow-wrasse are a lively fish. It is best to keep them with hardy companions that don't mind a rambunctious tankmate!
Because this fish is called a Clown Wrasse or an African Clown Wrasse as well as the Gaimard Rainbow-wrasse, do not mistake it for the Clown Coris or Threespot Wrasse, Coris aygula, which is also often called a Clown Wrasse. They look quite a bit different from each other!
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Clown Wrasse adult
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Clown Wrasse (Coris gaimard) adult looking for food
The Clown Wrasse (Coris gaimard) is a lively and attractive fish! As an adult it has a much different look than as a juvenile. The young are a general orange color marked with four white spots evenly spaced down the back. This fish can be great in a reef as they will not pick on corals. But they are a strong and large, 14- 16 inches in size, and have a very active behavior. They will flip anything they are strong enough to flip to look for food, so make sure your corals are snug! They will also need a large tank, 100 gallons or more, and to be fed at least 3 times a day.
Maintenance difficulty: The Clown Wrasse, African Clown Wrasse, or Gaimard Rainbow-wrasse is easy to keep. Feed young specimens several times a day. Start with brine shrimp, live or frozen, and offer other protein foods as well.
Maintenance: Feed all kinds of live, frozen, and flake foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. We generally feed squid, shrimp (the same kind people eat), mussels, and all kinds of chopped up fish. A good formula for wrasses is Pro-salt marine. They prefer a sandy bottom at least 5 cm deep in order to bury themselves in case of danger and at night to sleep.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Clown Wrasse, African Clown Wrasse, or Gaimard Rainbow-wrasse are found in the Indo-Pacific from the Red Sea to Hawaii, Tuamotu, the Marquesas, Japan, and New Caledonia.