African Exquisite Fairy-wrasse (Medium)

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The Exquisite Fairy-wrasse (Cirrhilabrus exquisitus) is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Labridae. It is known for its vibrant and striking coloration, making it a popular choice for saltwater aquarium enthusiasts.

Here are some key features and characteristics of the Exquisite Fairy-wrasse:

Appearance: The Exquisite Fairy-wrasse has a slender, elongated body with a pointed snout and a forked tail. It exhibits sexual dimorphism, where males and females have different color patterns. Males display a stunning combination of colors, including a bright red body, blue and green markings, and a yellow tail. Females, on the other hand, have a more subdued appearance, with a pinkish body and a white or yellow tail.

Size: They generally grow up to around 4 inches (10 centimeters) in length, with males being slightly larger than females.

Habitat: This species is native to the tropical Indo-Pacific region, including areas like the Red Sea, Maldives, and Indonesia. They are typically found in coral reefs, lagoons, and rocky areas with plenty of hiding spots.

Behavior: Exquisite Fairy-wrasses are generally peaceful fish, but they can be territorial towards other wrasses or fish of similar size and appearance. They are known to be active swimmers and spend their time exploring their surroundings, often darting in and out of crevices in search of food.

Diet: In the wild, Exquisite Fairy-wrasses feed on a varied diet consisting of small invertebrates, zooplankton, and small crustaceans. In aquariums, they can be fed a combination of high-quality frozen or live foods, supplemented with dry flake or pellet foods.

Aquarium Care: Keeping an Exquisite Fairy-wrasse in an aquarium requires careful attention to water parameters and appropriate tank mates. They prefer a well-maintained aquarium with plenty of live rock or coral for hiding places and swimming spaces. The tank should have a sandy substrate, and water temperature should be maintained between 75 to 82°F (24 to 28°C), with a pH level around 8.1 to 8.4.

  • Care level: Easy
  • TemperamentPeaceful
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Reef Compatible: Yes
  • Family: Labridae
  • Minimum Tank Size: 90 gallons 
  • Size: Medium: 2" to 3"

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