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Redheaded Fairy Wrasse

posted: 05/15/12
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Redheaded Fairy Wrasse
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The Redheaded Fairy Wrasse is also known as the Tricolor Fairy Wrasse, Red Head Solon Fairy Wrasse, or Red-eyed Fairy Wrasse. Some aquarists consider it to be another color form of the Blueside Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura). The Red-headed Fairy Wrasse has a blue body with bright red running along the dorsal edge and a shining yellow-orange face. Colors may vary to other blues and purples depending on the fish's mood. When courting, the male will display an increased color intensity.

The Redheaded Fairy Wrasse will thrive in either a fish-only or reef aquarium of 55 gallons or larger. It needs a shaded area away from the bright lights. A single male can be kept with a group of females that is introduced prior to or at the same time as the male.

Meals should consist of a variety of feeder shrimp, flaked foods, and marine meats.

Fish Facts

Name: Redheaded Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus solorensis)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indonesia

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: Yes

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 55 gallon

Light: High, with some shade

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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