Rosy Scale Fairy Wrasse
Fish Type: Reef SafeWrasse
Scientific Name: Cirrhilabrus rubrisquammis
Aggressiveness: With Same Species
Max Size: 4"
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria
The Red Velvet Fairy Wrasse, also known as the Rosy-scales Fairy Wrasse, originates from the waters surrounding the Maldives islands. The Red Velvet Fairy Wrasse is a small colorful wrasse with the front part of the body being red in coloration with the remainder being yellow. As the fish matures, the scales toward the front of the fish develop dark edges. The color of the female is subdued when comparing it to the brilliance of the male. The male during courting will turn almost white on the sides in an attempt to persuade its mate. Colors may vary depending on the fish’s mood.
The Red Velvet Fairy Wrasse is a very peaceful, active fish that will bring both color and activity to a fish-only or reef aquarium of 70 gallons or larger. They will not bother 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 Red Velvet 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.