Fish Guide

Temminck's Fairy Wrasse   (Cirrhilabrus temmincki)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Depth: 17 to 109 ft.   Size: 4 in.   Jumps: Yes   Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Plankton
Natural History: The Temminck's Fairy Wrasse is generally found on reef slopes, often over rocky areas. Females are often observed in groups while most males establish breeding territories that can be over 1000 square feet in size. This species currently includes a number of variants that may be separated into distinct species in the future. Males have elongated pelvic fins and much more vivid colors.
Husbandry: The Temminck's Fairy Wrasse is only occasionally available in the aquarium trade. It may be aggressive toward other similarly-colored species but is generally a peaceful fish. It is noted for its good jumping ability so a covered aquarium is necessary to house this fish. Male colors may fade if a female is not present.
Reproduction: This species has been observed to engage in a peculiar looped swimming pattern during spawning.

AKA: Bluestripe Fairy Wrasse, Peacock Fairy Wrasse

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