Barebottom aquariums are one of many ways to set up a reef or fish rank but what do you do if you want to keep sand-sleeping wrasses in your barebottom setup? Some might say that certain species of Halichoeres and Macropharyngodon simply do fine with a rock to sleep under but if you feel your labrid deserves a sandy sleeping bag, the Alternative Reef “Wrasse Rock” is the solution.
Made of ceramic and colored purple like the their other ceramic products, the Alternative Reef Wrasse Rock is a natural-looking ceramic rock with a flat base and a cavity. Drop the wrasse rock on the bottom of your tank somewhere, add some sand inside and (hopefully), your sand-sleeping wrasse will eventually find the little sandy pocket you have provided for them.
The Wrasse Rock is an ideal solution for barebottom displays but it is even more critical in a quarantine set up where parasite-protecting sand is a big no-no. Sure you could just plop a tupperware in the QT and fill it with some sand but the wrasse rock is another option. Labrid lovers can give their favorite wrasse a sandy sleeping quarter from Alternative Reef for about $40 and don’t forget, the natural texture and subtle purple color makes for a great looking piece of reef. [Alternative Reef]