Green Coris Wrasse/ Pastel Wrasse: Complete Care Guide

In this article, we will be discussing everything you need to know to give your Green Coris Wrasse/ Pastel Wrasse, the best aquarium life possible. So, let's dive straight in:


You will normally spend about $35 to get one of these fishes.

Tank Size

It is recommended to keep these fishes in at least a 55-gallon tank. Since they are an active swimmer, so you need to provide them a good amount of room.

Care Level

Now, these are not super difficult fish to take care of, but at the same time, they are also not very beginner-friendly fish. So, you need to have some fishkeeping experience before getting one of these in your tank.


Though Wrasses are fairly peaceful fish as a juvenile, they do tend to get aggressive when they become adult and get huge. So, when they grow up, they can bully the other smaller fishes in the tank.

Reef Compatibility

YES! they are a great reef fish to have. The only drawback with having this fish along with your corals is your inverts. They will chase and sometimes might kill those little creatures, so you definitely want to look out for that. The best way to keep them away from your inverts is by feeding them a good amount of food which will keep them full and this way they will not look at the inverts as snacks.

Water Parameter

  • Temperature: 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit
  • dKH: 8-12
  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • Salinity: 1.020-1.025



These fish have very pretty colors on them. They have light green color with a white belly, and the young ones' color is more towards neon-green shade which looks awesome in a reef tank. As they get older though, their colors will dull-out and as they become an adult you can definitely tell because their face starts to get really pretty pink designs on them.

Maximum Size

They eventually can get up to 8-inches which is a pretty large Wrasse to home.


These are carnivore fishes, so you have to feed them some good meaty food:

  • Frozen Shrimp
  • Mysis
  • Brine Shrimp

These fishes also like to run around the tank and find pests to munch on. If you are a pro, you can also try to feed them pellets, some experts do have success in feeding them pellete food.


It can be housed with other peaceful Wrasse, they do well together, especially when they are juveniles growing up together.

Tank Requirement


You want to make sure to have a tight-fitting lid with any Wrasse in the tank, they are big-time jumpers. Also, try to completely cover the spots where your filter hangs over. 


These fishes adore soft substrate. You do not want to get the crushed-coral substrate because it can very rough for them. They love to put their mouth deep into the sand, basically cover themselves completely with it, especially when they go to sleep or are frightened by something. You want at least a 2-inches deep sand bed. 

Live Rocks

You will need lots of live rocks to take care of these fishes. The more live rock the more the fish thrives. they are very active swimmers, but not out in the open. They love to run into the caves and around the rocks and corals. They also like to stick their mouth into the rock holes looking for pests.

Shy Fish

Wrasse can be a really shy fish, especially when getting accustomed to the tank. So, a good rock structure will give them places to hide and room to swim around in.



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