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Longfin Fairy Wrasse - Cirrhilabrus rubriventralis

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The Longfin Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubriventralis) has a red upper body, and a pale lower body. The ventral fins are very large and rounded and the first dorsal spine is elongated. This wrasse also has a blue tail and blue speckling in the dorsal and anal fins.

Fairy Wrasses (Cirrhilabrus sp.) and Flasher Wrasses (Paracheilinus sp.) have a generally placid temperament and tolerate most tankmates, provided that they have plenty of places to escape to and hide to feel secure. Flasher Wrasses tend to be more active and outgoing than Fairy Wrasses and the two groups may be aggressive towards each other. Males of both groups are usually brighter in color than juveniles and females, and males will show their colors and behavior to the best advantage in the presence of a female. Regional variations and cross-breeding within each groups can make identification difficult.

Both Fairy and Flasher wrasses can usually be found around rubble piles and rockwork and should have plenty in the tank to retreat to. These wrasses are perfect for reef aquariums. Most will not harm corals, polyps or most invertebrates but should not be kept with very small crustaceans like Sexy Shrimp. These fish are known jumpers, so the tank should be covered at all times.

These wrasses will usually accept most types of small foods once acclimated. They can be fed a varied diet of flakes, frozen and fresh foods like copepods, Cyclops, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp and similar items.


F91 0007 1011
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Common NameLongfin Fairy Wrasse
Scientific NameCirrhilabrus rubriventralis
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)4
Min Tank Size (in gallons)30
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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The first day or so he hid in our rocks while there was movement in the room but after a day or so and a feeding he become perfectly find with whatever we do! He is very hyper always swimming all over the tank so he is a wonderful addition if you like movement! I was warned he may not like my dartfish but they are actually neighbors and have never fought. He is happy to eat whatever you give him and when the lights go out he knows its bed time!