Exquisite Fairy Wrasse
Exquisite Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus exquisitus

Exquisite Fairy Wrasse

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Size: 5 inches (12 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits rubble areas on patch reefs and around bommies and usually found at depths between 20 – 130 feet (6– 40 m) where it feeds on zooplankton.

General Husbandry: Somewhat common in the trade with the male generally having a greenish body with various red colors on the fins and/or body depending greatly upon the areas of collection and the breeding season. Females are generally drab reddish with a black spot on the caudal peduncle.


Can be maintained in reef or fish-only aquariums that should have ample crevices and caves, and peaceful tankmates.


As to diet, will eat most regular aquarium foods, e.g., finely chopped various frozen or fresh meaty foods such as mysis, squid, fish flesh, shrimp, clam, etc., and should be offered two to three times daily.



Order: Perciformes

Suborder: Labroidei

Family: Labridae

Genus: Cirrhilabrus



FYI: Those in this genus may hide for several days when first introduced, and are also good jumpers, therefore covered aquariums, possibly with eggcrate, are necessary to prevent them from jumping out of the aquarium.


They don't bury themselves in the sand at night, as do many other wrasses. Instead, they may form a mucus cocoon similar to some parrotfishes and/or wedge themselves into a rock crevice. It should be noted the cocoon remnants do not seem to harm water quality or other aquarium inhabitants.


Males may be aggressive towards other fairy wrasses and zooplankton feeders in the aquarium.


Males tend to lose their color if females are not present.


Experience Level: Beginner

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Carnivore

Coral Safe: Yes

Fish Safe: Yes

Invertebrate Safe: Yes

Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+

Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium

Tankmates: Peaceful

Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons

Temperature Range: 74 - 82°F (23 – 27°C)

Specific Gravity: 1.020 - 1.026

pH: 8.0 - 8.5