We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Six Line Wrasse?

By Angie Bates
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
All Things Nature is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At All Things Nature, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A six line wrasse is a type of tropical fish native to the waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Generally found around coral reefs in the wild, these colorful fish are also commonly sold for salt water aquariums. The scientific name for the six line wrasse is Pseudocheilinus hexataenia.

A bright, colorful fish, the six line wrasse gets its name from the six vibrant orange, horizontal stripes covering its vivid purple body. Its tail is green, which usually lightens to yellow at its tip. Red eyes are bordered above and below with thin white stripes. These fish grow to an maximum of 4 inches (10 cm) long.

Six line wrasses in the wild are found commonly around Japan, Australia, and the Hawaiian Islands. They most often live in reef habitats, feeding on small invertebrates. Generally a shy species, these fish prefer to hide when they feel threatened.

In aquariums, the six line wrasse will initially bury itself in the sand at the bottom of the tank when first introduced to its new environment. This behavior may last for days, but eventually the fish will acclimate, and begin to swim freely in the tank. Diurnal, the six line wrasse is active during the day; at night it sleeps in the sand.

The six line wrasse is a moderately aggressive fish. It should not be placed in tanks with less aggressive fish and does not work well with other wrasse species. The fish can be placed in tanks with other six line wrasses, but all wrasses should be introduced at the same time. A six line wrasse should always be the last fish added to a new aquarium.

When setting up a new home for a six line wrasse, the tank should be a minimum size of 20 gallons (75.7 L). It should also have about 3 inches (7.5 cm) of sand at the bottom, to provide burrowing space for the fish. Additionally, the aquarium owner should set up caves and other hiding places to help the fish feel secure. Wrasses are generally strong jumpers, so any aquarium should be covered to prevent them from jumping out of the tank.

The six line wrasse's diet should consist of both live and dried food. Though they are generally not picky eaters, they may be picky when first introduced to a tank. These are often desirable fish to have in an aquarium because they eat many pest species, such as pyramidellid snails. They are considered reef safe, but are not completely ideal, particularly if the aquarium owner is keeping shrimp, because shrimp is one of the wrasse's favorite food.

All Things Nature is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.