Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Care Level: Difficult
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 5½"
When talking about a cleaner wrasse, the Common Cleaner Wrasse or Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse is the fish that is generally being referred to. Though there are actually five species of Labroides, the Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse is the best known. It has the widest natural distribution in the tropical Indo-Pacific of these cleaners, it has been the focus of most research studies, and it is the species most commonly seen in fish stores.
The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasses will form a symbiotic relationship with the other reef fish by cleaning them of unwanted parasites. Cleaner Wrasses are peaceful attractive fish with a most intriguing "dance" that they perform to solicit clients (other fish) and to calm them, allowing the cleaners to remove parasites and other debris from their clients bodies, fins, and mouths. They often set up a "cleaning station", an area where the other fish can visit just for this beneficial service. Often times the fish can be seen inside the mouth of much larger fish cleaning away!