The Labrids constitute one of the major fish families (several hundred species divi among 70 genera). These highly active, colored fish with fusiform (tapering at each end) bodies often live alone. Some species bury themselves in the sediment at night, and this must be taken into account when planning the aquarium: provide them with a sandy bed. Their sturdy teeth allow them to feed on invertebrates (which must, therefore, be kept away from them). In captivity they accept live prey, but will become accustomed to deep-frozen (sometimes commercial) food. The coloring of the juveniles is often very different from that of the adults.

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