Size: 3 inches (8 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits deep coastal slopes and also sometimes found in shallow muddy estuaries. Usually found at depths between 30 – 100 feet (10– 30 m) where it feeds on zooplankton.
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade with the very attractive male generally having a red upper and lower white body, large yellow dorsal and anal fins, with the dorsal having a long trailing filament, and blue on the tail. Females are generally drab reddish, often with a black spot on the upper 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.
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.
One male per aquarium.
Males may be aggressive towards other fairy wrasses and zooplankton feeders in the aquarium.
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: 30 gallons
Temperature Range: 74 - 82°F (23 – 27°C)
Specific Gravity: 1.020 - 1.026