Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Pink Margin Fairy Wrasse originates from reefs of the Indo-Pacific and Fiji. Perhaps one of our favorite wrasses here at Aquatics Unlimited, male Pink margin fairy wrasse are extremely vibrant with a striking red marginated dorsal and caudal fin. Females, or juveniles, tend to be less colorful than mature males. Like many wrasses in the genus Cirrhilabrus, the Pink margin fairy wrasse is a peaceful and active fish that will feel right at home in your reef aquarium and pose no threat to corals or invertebrates. Pink margin fairy wrasses can reach a size of approximately 5″.
Diet Requirements: Pink margin fairy wrasses are carnivores, actively hunting tiny crustaceans (e.g., copepods) throughout the day. A diet consisting of various meaty preparations such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and other mixed frozen foods that contain algae, such as spirulina, will maintain optimal health and coloration. We highly encourage soaking frozen foods in vitamin and fatty acid supplements, as fairy wrasses have very high metabolisms. Multiple, small feedings per day rather than one large feeding can also help and in turn create more of a natural environment for a fairy wrasse as it would feed in the wild. Pink margin fairy wrasses may also accept high quality flake or pellet foods, which is great for nutritional gaps and variety.
Care Requirements: An established, minimum 90 gallon aquarium is required for a Pink margin fairy wrasse. A tight fitting lid is a must because these wrasses are known to jump out of aquariums. Pink margin fairy wrasses enjoy a variety of rock work and crevices to swim through and around. Such live rock arrangements can also help to make it feel secure and encourage more outgoing behavior quicker. The Pink margin fairy wrasse is not tolerable of nitrite or ammonia spikes, and an established tank also offers microinvertebrates and crustaceans that naturally accumulate over time as the aquarium ages for it to prey on. Given their peaceful nature, a Pink margin fairy wrasse can be easily bullied and therefore should not be kept with overly aggressive species. It is best to add a Pink margin fairy wrasse before larger or more active fish in order to allow it to acclimate to the environment. Pink margin fairy wrasses are best kept one male per aquarium and solitary, unless you can positively identify male from female, to which a male with multiple females can be grouped together. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2″ to 2″; Medium: 2″ to 3″; Large: 3″ to 4″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.