Orange-Back Fairy Wrasse
Size: 4 inches (10 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits rubble areas along reef edges and usually found at depths between 30 – 85 feet (10– 25 m) where it feeds on zooplankton.
General Husbandry: Occasionally available in the trade, with the male having an orange or yellow back and a wide purple line down the side with the belly either white, blue or pinkish purple. The female is reddish brown with a white lower face and belly. Colors vary depending upon the age of the specimen and breeding timeframes.
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.
Sometimes difficult to get feeding, and if so, fortified live adult brine shrimp may be necessary to get them feeding.
FYI: May hide for several days when first introduced, and also a good jumper, therefore covered aquariums, possibly with eggcrate, are necessary to prevent them from jumping out of the aquarium.
They do not 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 often confused with C. solorensis that has black back. (per. com. w/Hiroyuki Tanaka.)
Experience Level: Beginner
Coral Safe: Yes
Fish Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Minimum Tank Size: 60 gallons
Temperature Range: 74 - 82°F (23 – 27°C)
Specific Gravity: 1.020 - 1.026
pH: 8.0 - 8.5