Splendid Pintail Fairy Wrasse


Fish Type: Reef SafeWrasse


Scientific Name: Cirrhilabrus isosceles


Species: Labridae

Color: blue, orange, yellow
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 5"
Minimum Tank Size: 90 gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Spledid Pintail Fairy Wrasse originates from Japan to the Philippines and enjoys the rubble areas of the outer reefs. This peaceful wrasse is a great addition to any reef aquarium adding beautiful pastel colors of pink, yellow and orange. Like other wrasses, the males during courtship will display increased color intensity. Colors may vary depending on the fish’s mood.

The Splendid Pintail Fairy Wrasse is a very peaceful, active fish that will bring both color and activity to a fish-only or reef aquarium of 90 gallons or larger. They will not bother any corals or invertebrates making them a perfect fish for the reef aquarium. A single male can be kept with a group of females that is introduced prior to or at the same time as the male. These wrasses like to jump, so a tight fitting canopy is recommended.

The Splendid Pintail 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. Wrasses are very active and should be fed several times a day.