Yellowfin Fairy Wrasse

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Cirrhilabrus flavidorsalis - Randall & Carpenter, 1980
Yellowfin Fairy Wrasse

A great choice for the reef aquarium, but males tend to be aggressive. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is a great reef aquarium inhabitant that will not harm invertebrates and has begun to show up occasionally in aquarium stores in the last several years. It is, like others in this genus, a near-perfect candidate for the peaceful reef community, while also being very disease-resistant.

Family: Labridae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: In nature, this colorful species inhabits finely branching corals on protected coral and rubble slopes.

Maximum length: 6.5 cm (3 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 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

Keep only one male per tank and only house a male with conspecifics or similar fairy wrasses in a large tank (135 gallons [513 L] or larger). I have had males that picked on other fishes, in particular very gentle flasher wrasses (Paracheilinus species) and longray shrimp gobies (Stonogobiops species). In one case, a male had to be removed because of its relative aggressiveness.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Yellowfin Fairy WrasseRDF feed
Common name Yellowfin Fairy Wrasse  +
Family Labridae  +
Genus Cirrhilabrus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 3 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 30 gal  +
Native range Philippines  +, Indonesia  +, and Palau  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name flavidorsalis  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +