Redfinned Fairy Wrasse

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Cirrhilabrus rubripinnis - Randall & Carpenter, 1980
Redfinned Fairy Wrasse

A beautiful and long-lived wrasse. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

The males of this species are spectacular, having oversized pelvic fins and blue on the ventrum. With a long history of collection for the aquarium trade, this is a great reef candidate. The females are red overall with a lighter belly and are similar to the females of several other species.

Family: Labridae

Other common name(s):

  • Redfin Wrasse, Red-finned Wrasse

Native range:

Habitat: In nature, this species is found in small groups, each with a single male dominating, over rubble or low patch reefs in areas of current.

Maximum length: 8 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 26 °C (299 K, 79 °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 or preferably more often.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Keep only one male per tank, and avoid placing it in a community with highly competitive feeders or overtly aggressive fishes. In a smaller reef, it may harass other red fishes in its own size range.

[edit] Notes

A durable species, it can be long-lived, but it is an accomplished jumper that will leap through relatively small openings

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Redfinned Fairy WrasseRDF feed
Common name Redfinned Fairy Wrasse  +, and Redfin Wrasse, Red-finned Wrasse  +
Family Labridae  +
Genus Cirrhilabrus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 30 gal  +
Native range Philippines  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name rubripinnis  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 299 K (26 °C, 79 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +