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Saltwater Aquarium Reef Safe Wrasse's

 
   

The Fairy and Flasher style wrasses in this grouping below are found throughout tropical Indo-Pacific shallow waters swimming two to eight feet above sand or rocky substrata. Most can be found in depths ranging from 10 - 75 feet, although a few rarer ones are found deeper than 150 feet. Generally, these fishes form aggregations of one dominant male and several (or more) females, and they spend the better part of their day feeding on zooplankton. The males are always larger and more colorful than the females and will flash or display more vibrant colors during courtship.

 Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse
Labroides dimidiatus (Maldives)

Description: The bluestreak cleaner wrasse is found on coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Like other cleaner wrasses, it eats parasites and dead tissue off larger fishes' skin in a mutualist relationship that provides food and protection for the wrasse, and considerable health benefits for the other fish. Cleaner Wrasses from different areas will have different patterns and colors, but they all do the same job.

When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. It may accept substitute foods such as chopped seafoods, brine shrimp, and live black worms. It should be fed at least three times daily. This species of Cleaner Wrasse is more hardy than the others, but is still difficult to feed and maintain, and should only be kept by experienced aquarists.

Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses.They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 55 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Exquisite Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.

Food and diet:When first placed into the aquarium live saltwater feeder shrimp can be used to help it start eating. Once eating the live feeder shrimp start feeding a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched frozen prepared foods for carnivores, minced table shrimp, and a good flake food. Feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent. No threat to corals or ornamental invertebrates. It will aid the reef aquarist in controlling pyramidellid snails and commensal flatworms.

Level of Care: Difficult
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 3"

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Melanurus Fairy Wrasse
Halichoeres melanurus (Indonesia)

One of the best problem solvers for Planaria flatworms in reef aquariums.
Description: One of the best kept secrets in the hobby, the Melanurus Wrasse is one of the best problem solvers for Planaria flatworms in reef aquariums. It also protects both corals and clams by eating fireworms. Forget medications that can harm or damage your delicate motile invertebrates! The Melanurus Wrasse will consume flatworms and you will see the difference within a matter of a couple of days. Once the flatworms are gone you have an attractive, friendly fish that will readily adjust to a captive diet and frequent the water column with activity. TAlso known as the Pinstriped Fairy Wrasse, this hard to find fish is occasionally exported from Hawaii and Micronesia.This is a good aquarium fish that is occasionally available to the trade. It can be housed with a wide-range of fish species and rarely bothers tankmates. Provide this species with a layer of sand on the aquarium bottom.

Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses.They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 55 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Exquisite Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.

Food and diet:When first placed into the aquarium live saltwater feeder shrimp can be used to help it start eating. Once eating the live feeder shrimp start feeding a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched frozen prepared foods for carnivores, minced table shrimp, and a good flake food. Feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent for flat worm control. No threat to corals, shrimp, or ornamental invertebrates.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2" to 2-1/2" , Medium 21/2" to 3-1/2" , Large 3-1/2" to 4-1/2"

Small $34.99 Medium $39.99 Large $49.99
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 Six Line Wrasse
Pseudocheilinus hexataenia

Description:The Six Line Wrasse is a popular is a popular Wrasse species among marine aquarists keeping either reef aquariums or FOWLR community aquariums. Six Line Wrasse have very vibrant coloration with 6 distinct blue horizontal blue lines overtop of a base orange body with a green tailfin. Six Line Wrasse are more than just a colorful fish species, but a very active species as well. They will spend much of their time swimming about the aquarium darting in and out of rocky caves and crevices looking for small food items on which to prey. Their active swimming style makes them almost as popular with marine aquarium hobbyists as their vibrant coloration. Six Line Wrasse are considered a "reef safe" Wrasse species, that is unlikely to bother most corals. They will generally spend their time hunting for small micro faunae, small crustaceans, flatworms or bristle worms. It is their propensity for eating bristle worms that has made them a sought after species for may aquarists who are trying to keep bristle worm populations in check. While generally a peaceful species, Six Line Wrasse will show aggression towards other of their own kind (unless a mated pair) and other similarly sized and shaped fish species.
Recommended It is best to keep this species with plenty of live rock and horizontal swimming room, so that they can patrol a suitable territory and limit aggression towards others. The Six Line Wrasse also benefits from the presence of a refugium, as a strong population of copepods, amphipods and other micro faunae will provide them an excellent food source and curb aggression. Like most Wrasse, the Six Line Wrasse is quite capable of defending itself against larger more boisterous species as its speed and maneuverability make it a difficult species to pick on or bully.
Food and diet: Six Line Wrasse are very active feeders that will generally spend the majority of the day cruising up and down the reef looking for food items on which to feed. In an aquarium with a sufficient population of micro faunae, the Six Line Wrasse will need only supplemental feedings of various meaty foods. Their overall diet should consist of a variety of meaty items including: vitamin enriched meaty frozen preparations, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp or flake or pellet foods formulated for carnivores.
Reef Compatability: Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish. It will aid the reef aquarist in controlling pyramidellid snails and commensal flatworms.
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2"

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Unforgettable colors and pattern!
Australlian Lineatus Fairy Wrasse
(Cirrhilabrus lineatus.)

Supermales are the Incredible bright color ones!!!
Description: Perhaps one of the most beautiful Cirrhilabrus, the Lineatus is found only on the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. They are very colorful, very peaceful and are not seen too often in the aquarium hobby. Found in isolated areas of outer reefs in deep water, collectors work much harder going deeper and searching for this highly desired species. One of the sturdier Cirrhilabrus in the aquarium. The Lineatus Fairy Wrasse make an ideal, peaceful choice for the reef aquarium. Cirrhilabrus lineatus is collected infrequently, in small quantities.
Temperament: Easy going, mellow fish. Gets along with all other tank inhabitants.

Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses.They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 90 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Exquisite Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.

Food and diet:When first placed into the aquarium live saltwater feeder shrimp can be used to help it start eating. Once eating the live feeder shrimp start feeding a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched frozen prepared foods for carnivores, minced table shrimp, and a good flake food. Feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Hardiness: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 4"; XLarge: 4" to 5"

Medium $279.99 Large $299.99 XLarge $349.99
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Flame Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus jordani (Hawaii)

Description: The Hawaiian Flame Wrasse is probably the most popular and least available Cirrhilabrus. Jump on it immediately when available. The Hawaiian Flame Wrasse will add a dramatic splash of color to any reef aquarium. Provide it with plenty of live rock and live sand. It is a very peaceful wrasse and can be housed with a wide variety of reef fish, including other small wrasse. A great reef fish, it is often seen cruising all over the tank looking for food. Totally harmless to corals, clams, and ornamental invertebrates, It will help to control pyramidellid snails, and flat worms which are harmful to clams. Do not keep it with aggressive predators, or larger aggressive wrasses.

Temperament: Easy going, mellow fish. Gets along with all other tank inhabitants.

Recommended Tank size: Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses.They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 90 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Exquisite Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.

Food and diet:When first placed into the aquarium live saltwater feeder shrimp can be used to help it start eating. Once eating the live feeder shrimp start feeding a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched frozen prepared foods for carnivores, minced table shrimp, and a good flake food. Feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Care Level: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 4"
Medium Male $349.99 Large Male $399.99
Female $199.99 Male/Female Pair $599.99
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 Red Head Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura
 
Description: The Red Head Fairy Wrasse also called the Red Eyed Fairy Wrasse has a blue body with striking brilliant red face. Colors of the Red Head Fairy Wrasse may vary by the both the mood of the fish and its surroundings. Like all Fairy Wrasse's when they are courting they will display their most brilliant colors to attract the female of their species.

Temperament: Easy going, mellow fish. Gets along with all other tank inhabitants.

Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Wrasses. They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 75 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Ruby Head Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium. These wrasses do like to jump, so a tight fitting canopy is necessary.

Food and diet: When first placed into the aquarium live saltwater feeder shrimp can be used to help it start eating. Once eating the live feeder shrimp start feeding a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched frozen prepared foods for carnivores, minced table shrimp, and a good flake food. Feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"

$69.99
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  Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse
Paracheilinus carpenteri

Hearty and Beautiful, a terrific Reef fish
Description: These wonderful fish make a fascinating display in the peaceful community tank. One of the most popular and best fish for a reef tank! Also called the Carpenter's Wrasse, Males are most spectacular when they "flash" (display) toward other fishes or their reflections in the aquarium glass. A beautiful bright orange coloration accenbted by brilliant viloet/blue striping. The dorsal fin on a Carpenteri Flasher Wrasse is a bright red that has incredible accents of different blues and yellow. An interesting side note is that all male Flasher Wrasse colors will intensify when in courtship is in process. Therefore by putting in a group of Carpenter Flashers with a male and females both present, that way the males will be more likely to frequenly present their colorful displays.A perfect reef and home aquarium fish, the Carpenteri Flasher's adult size is around 4 inches.

Recommendations: Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses.They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 55 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Exquisite Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.

Food and diet:All Flasher Wrasses including the Carpenter Flasher need to be fed two to three times a day to be well nourished. They feed only on zooplankton which is easily available to the aquarist. The Carpenters Flasher does not pick on organisms found on live rock like other wrasses do, therefore without adequate feeding they will starve if not fed sufficient.

Reef Compatability:
Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium 2" to 2-1/2"; Large 2-1/2" to 3"

Small $39.99 Medium $49.99 Large $59.99
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Pink Margin Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus rubrimarginatus (Fiji)

Description:The Pink Margine fairy wrasse, Cirrhilabrus rubrimarginatus, is a highly sought-after, yet rarely imported, specimen. The lack of importation is likely due to the depths at which this fish spends the majority of its time. They primarily reside below 100 feet deep, and have been found in depths nearing 200 feet. Specimens that make it to the aquarium trade are most likely collected from Fiji, though this species is also found in Tonga and Southern Japan. Males are usually shades of blue, purple, or red with a broad stroke of yellow just in front of the red on their tail. Yellow spots fade to pink as they stretch from the head back to the tail.

Recommended Tank size: Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses.They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 90 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Exquisite Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.

Food and diet:When first placed into the aquarium live saltwater feeder shrimp can be used to help it start eating. Once eating the live feeder shrimp start feeding a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched frozen prepared foods for carnivores, minced table shrimp, and a good flake food. Feed at least twice a day.
Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2" to 3", Medium 3" to 4", Large 4" to 5"

Small $69.99 Medium $79.99 Large $99.99
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Yellow Fin Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus flavidorsalis
 
Description: This smaller species is an ideal reef fish that was completely unknown to the trade until only a few years ago. So obscure was this species with its limited range in nature, even fairy wrasse fanatics didn't know it's Latin name when first introduced! This fish can be kept in small groups, but be sure to introduce them into your aquarium simultaneously. hese wrasses are always in movement, providing an endless amount of activity for either a saltwater fish only or reef aquarium.

Recommendations: Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses.They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 55 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Exquisite Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.

Food and diet:When first placed into the aquarium live saltwater feeder shrimp can be used to help it start eating. Once eating the live feeder shrimp start feeding a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched frozen prepared foods for carnivores, minced table shrimp, and a good flake food. Feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-3/4" to 3"

$49.99
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 Scotts Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus scottorum  (Australia)

Description: Description: Scott's Fairy Wrasse is a truly stunning fish displaying almost any color you can imagine. Like in all fairy wrasses, the males display the best coloration. They are however protogynous hermaphrodites so it is not 100% correct to speak about true males or females as all fish are born females and then develop into males if conditions are right. It is an easy to care for fish and Scott's Fairy Wrasse can be a good beginner fish if you disregard the high price. It is reef safe and rather friendly which makes it ideal for a community reef tank. Several females can be kept in the same tank without any problem, but only keep one male unless the aquarium is very large (at least 200 gallons.

Recommended Tank size: Recommended Tank size: Recommended Tank size: A sand bed and Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses.They will bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. A 90 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, with a shaded area is recommended. The Exquisite Wrasse will not pick on corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium.

Food and diet:When first placed into the aquarium live saltwater feeder shrimp can be used to help it start eating. Once eating the live feeder shrimp start feeding a varied diet that includes vitamin enriched frozen prepared foods for carnivores, minced table shrimp, and a good flake food. Feed at least twice a day.

Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Mediume/Large 3" to 3 1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 4"; XLarge: 4" to 5"

Medium/Large $199.99 Large $219.99 XLarge $259.99
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Mystery Wrasse
Pseudocheilinus ocellatus (Marshall Island)

A beautiful fish and excellent flatworm protection!
Description: An ideal fish for the reef aquarium, this recently described species was collected for the trade long before it was described. Once thought to occur only in a few isolated areas, it has been recorded from Australia, Marshall Islands and other locations throughout the Indo-Pacific. Found only in deep water, further exploration will likely expand its range. Bold and hardy with a great appetite, The Mystery Wrasse is ideal for the reef aquarium.The majority of the body is pinkish purple with thin, white vertical stripes and an eyespot surrounded by a yellowish hue on its green tail. Some younger fish will have more green in the body, which will quickly change to red in the aquarium.

Recommended Tank size: This hard to find species is suitable for a 20 gallon or larger aquarium with lots of live rock and a sandy bottom. It is an excellent fish for a reef aquarium and passive with most popular reef fish, including other wrasses. It has also been used as a watchdog and eliminator of pesky aquarium flatworms.

Food and diet:When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. It prefers a diet of finely chopped meaty foods and occasionally frozen preparations.

Reef Compatability: Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: up to 1-1/4"; Medium: 1-1/4" to 2-1/4"; Large: 2-1/4" to 3-1/4"

Small $99.99 Medium $109.99 Large $119.99
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Blue Flasher Wrasse
Paracheilinus cyaneus (Indonesia)

Description: The Blue Flasher Wrasse carries colors that constantly will bring a smile. Also called the Peacock Flasher wrasse for their amazing metallic blue display coloration, unforgettable finnage and active behavior, this beauty is for peaceful reef tanks or peaceful fish only aquariums with live rock. The Blue Flasher is not an aggressor to reef tank inverts, therefore it is considered one of the highly sought after reef tank additions. Called the Blue Flasher because of the blue hues that run the body The Blue Flasher Wrasse does best when kept in small groups. For best success introduce all at one time to the aquarium.

Recommended Tank info: A 55 gallon or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, provides a good habitat. The Blue Flasher needs live rock for both safe havens to swim through when they feel over stressed and for pleasure. Often times providing a saltwaterfish the live rock to keep them feeling happy is the difference in a long live and a favorite fish disappearing over a period of time. So we highly recommend don't forget live rock for caves, tunnels and hiding spaces. The Blue Flasher Fairy Wrasse will not bother corals or invertebrates, making them a perfect addition to any reef aquarium.

Food and diet:All Flasher Wrasses including the Blue Flasher need to be fed two to three times a day to be well nourished. They feed only on zooplankton which is easily available to the aquarist. The Blue Flasher does not pick on organisms found on live rock like other wrasses do, therefore without adequate feeding they will starve if not fed sufficient.

Reef Compatability:
Excellent Reef fish. Safe And Ideal For Reef Aquariums. It Does Not Harm Invertebrates And Benefits From The Numerous Hiding Places in A Well-stocked Reef.

Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"

$54.99
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 Male Debelius Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus adornatus (Indonesia)

Description: The most notable fairy wrasse collected out of Indonesia, its incredible red and yellow coloration, and beautiful red pallet markings, define it as a true reef tank beauty. With a wonderful personality, it is ideally housed in a well-established reef environment. The male is easily distinguished by the brilliant red blotches in the dorsal region.
The striking resemblence of the male makes it look like a freshwater Koi,
The ventral fins are very large and rounded and the first dorsal spine is elongated. The male is easily distinguished by the brilliant red blotches in the dorsal region. Fairy wrasses are small and reef safe. Their bright coloration and small size makes them prized additions to a community.
An ideal fish for the reef tank with its beautiful bright colors and their graceful constant movement. An excellent choice for the reef tank also because of the fact that Wrasse's of the genus Cirrhilabrus mix well together. Fairy Wrasses as a whole, are one of the best g