Lined Fairy Wrasse

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Cirrhilabrus lineatus - Randall & Lubbock, 1982
Lined Fairy Wrasse

A great species for the peaceful reef tank. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is a showcase fish, not inexpensive, and a spectacular addition to the reef aquarium.

Although the flamboyant males often ship poorly, once they acclimate, they usually do quite well in captivity. Juveniles and females will acclimate more readily than the more colorful males.

Compare to the even more rare Rhomboid Fairy Wrasse, C. rhomboidalis]]>

Family: Labridae

Other common name(s):

  • Purplelined Wrasse

Native range:

Habitat: In nature, this species inhabits clear outer reef slopes.

Maximum length: 11 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 209 L (55 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, pigment-enriched flake food, and Cyclop-eeze. Feed at least twice a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It will not thrive with rambunctious and highly competitive tankmates, but will do fine with relatively mild-mannered reef fishes.

[edit] Special Care

The large males are very prone to jumping from an open tank, even when the cover is opened only during cleaning activities.

[edit] Notes

Acclimation is less likely to occur if it is harassed by resident tankmates or overzealous aquarists (leave the fish alone even if it hides constantly).

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Lined Fairy WrasseRDF feed
Common name Lined Fairy Wrasse  +, and Purplelined Wrasse  +
Family Labridae  +
Genus Cirrhilabrus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 4 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 55 gal  +
Native range New Caledonia  +, Loyalty Islands  +, and Great Barrier Reef  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name lineatus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +