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Solor Fairy Wrasse - Cirrhilabrus solorensis - Adult

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The Solor Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus solorensis*, also called the Tricolor Wrasse) has several color phases. They begin with a red head and forebody, an orange rear half, and a white belly. Some adults are mostly blue with a dark blue chin-strap marking and dorsal area and a yellow face, still having the white underside. Others are purple or lavender with an orange upper body.

*A new study released in August 2021 proposes reclassifying this fish under the new scientific name Cirrhilabrus aquamarinus, a name inspired by the blue sides. Our naming of this fish may change to reflect this new research once accepted.

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.


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Common NameSolor Fairy Wrasse - Adult
Scientific NameCirrhilabrus solorensis
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)4.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)55
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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