Naoko’s Fairy Wrasse
Fish Type: Reef SafeWrasse
Scientific Name: Cirrhilabrus naokoae
Max Size: 4"
Minimum Tank Size: 90 gal
Relative Care: Moderate
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The Naoko’s Fairy Wrasse originates from the waters of the Indian Ocean. The male is generally brighter and flashier than the female. Adult males will be red, yellow and white with a black pectoral fin, black, red and blue anal and dorsal fins. The male during courting will display its brilliantly colored fins to persuade its mate. Colors may vary depending on the fish’s mood.
The Naoko’s Fairy Wrasse is a peaceful, active fish that will bring both color and activity to a fish-only or reef aquarium of 50 gallons or larger. When maintained with other Cirrhilabrus or Paracheilinus wrasse, they can become territorial, and dominate similar species. Naoko’s Fairy Wrasse will not harm any corals or invertebrates making them a perfect fish for the reef aquarium. These wrasses like to jump, so a tight-fitting canopy is recommended.
The Naoko’s Fairy Wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high-quality marine flake and marine pellet food.