Red Head Solon Fairy Wrasse


Fish Type: Reef SafeWrasse


Scientific Name: Cirrhilabrus solorensis


Species: Labridae

Color: Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow
Aggressiveness: With Same Species
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 5"
Minimum Tank Size: 90 gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Red Head Solon Fairy Wrasse is also known as the Tricolor Fairy Wrasse, Redheaded Fairy Wrasse, or Red-eyed Fairy Wrasse. Some aquarists consider it to be another color form of the Blueside Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura). The Red Head Solon Fairy Wrasse has a blue body with bright red running along the dorsal edge and a shining yellow-orange face. Colors may vary to other blues and purples depending on the fish’s mood. When courting, the male will display an increased color intensity.

The Red Head Solon Fairy Wrasse will thrive in either a fish-only or reef aquarium of 90 gallons or larger. It needs a shaded area away from the bright lights. They will not bother corals or invertebrates, making them an ideal fish for the reef aquarium. These wrasse like to jump, so a tight fitting canopy is recommended.

The Red Head Solon 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.