Blue-Scaled Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 116 ft. Size: 5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Blue-scaled Fairy Wrasse is found patch reefs with coral, sponge, macroalgae, and rubble. It is normally encountered in groups with many females and a few males. It often associated with other species of fairy wrasses as it feeds, often more than 15 feet above the reef floor.
Husbandry: In an aquarium, Blue-scaled Fairy Wrasses should be provided with numerous hiding places. Only one male should be housed per aquarium. Multiple females can be housed together, with or without a male, in a community tank. Males may lose color if females are not present. Brine shrimp may be needed to acclimate new specimens to captivity.
Reproduction: Females join males that flash their colors and a pair will swim upwards into the water column to release their gametes.
AKA: Bluehead Fairy Wrasse, Bluesided Fairy Wrasse, Yellow-flanked Fairy Wrasse
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