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Bluehead Fairy Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Bluehead Fairy Wrasse
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The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse is also known as the Ruby Head Fairy Wrasse, Yellow Flanked Fairy Wrasse, Purplehead Parrotfish, or the Blue Sided Fairy Wrasse. This species varies in color considerably ranging from a red and blue, to a deep maroon and deep blue. More often than not, this species will have a pale underside. The variations in color and patterns of this fish vary with the location of its natural habitat, and its mood.

The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse is an ideal fish for the reef aquarium adding both bright color and activity. Wrasse of the genus Cirrhilabrus mix well together if they are introduced simultaneously to the tank, and are one of the best groups of fish for a reef aquarium setting.

Meals should consist of a variety of vitamin-enriched frozen shrimp, flaked foods, and other marine meaty foods.

Fish Facts

Name: Bluehead Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indian Ocean

Size: Up to 5 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral, rock, live rock, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 70 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Middle

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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