Brunneus Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus brunneus) Care
The Brunneus Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus brunneus, is also known as the Dusky Fairy Wrasse and is a rare wrasse in the aquarium hobby. Brunneus Fairy Wrasses have unique darker coloration with vivid dark blues, reds, brown and deep blacks. They will reach a maximum size of nearly 4 inches, are strong jumpers, and need a tank with a tightly fitted cover to prevent them from getting out. They should be kept in a tank with plenty of swimming room, some sand substrate, and rock work to hide and sleep in.
A deep sand bed is not needed for this wrasse to bury itself in at night. Instead, they may form a mucus cocoon or wedge themselves into rock crevices. Should they form a cocoon to sleep in there is no need to remove it from the tank.
While they can be kept in pairs, they should not be mixed with other species of wrasse. When first introduced into the aquarium it will likely hide for several days.
The Brunneus Fairy Wrasse is an omnivore with a strong leaning towards meaty foods. Their main diet should consist of brine and mysis shrimp and other small meaty foods along with high-quality flake and pellet food.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small-Medium: Up to 1¼”
Medium-Large: 1¼” to 1¾”
Large: 2” to 3”