Red Margin Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubrimarginatus)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 83 to 172 ft. Size: 5.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Red Margin Fairy Wrasse is found on sand and rubble reef slopes and dropoffs. It is often observed in groups consisting of several males and a dozen or more females. It has been observed to associate with other fairy wrasse species. This wrasse is a deep water species, often found in much deeper areas than other fairy wrasses.
Husbandry: The Red Margin Fairy Wrasse male is a very impressive individual. This wrasse is a good jumper and must be housed in a well-covered tank. It can also escape through overflow slots. Males may lose their color if they are not housed with at least one female. This wrasse is sometimes aggressive with other wrasse species but is generally peaceful. The diet should be enriched to help in color retention.
AKA: Pinkmargined Fairy Wrasse
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