Purple Velvet Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus luteovittatus)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: West Pacific Ocean
Depth: 26 to 128 ft. Size: 4.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Purple Velvet Wrasse is often found in small groups in lagoons and channels over coral or stands of macroalgae. It is most common at depths over 45 feet. Males are maroon with a large yellow stripe while females are olive and purple with some yellow on the abdomen.
Husbandry: Purple Velvet Wrasses are generally hardy in aquaria. Acclimation for adult males can be difficult and may require live food. They may be conspecifically aggressive but tolerate other unrelated species well. They should be provided with plenty of swimming space because they are active fish. Two males should not be housed together. Males may fade in color if no females are present.
AKA: Yellowstreaked Fairy Wrasse, Yellowbanded Fairy Wrasse
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