Girdled Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus balteatus) Care
The Girdled Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus balteatus, is also known as the Balteatus Fairy Wrasse and is a common wrasse in the aquarium hobby. Girdled Fairy Wrasses have unique darker coloration with vivid dark blues, green , brown, orange, yellow and deep blacks. They will reach a maximum size of nearly 4 inches and are strong jumpers and need a tank with tight fitted covering to prevent them from getting out. They should be kept in a tanks 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 when first introduced to a new aquarium.
These wrasses are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp, high-quality frozen foods, pieces of fresh seafood, and flake and pellet foods.
NOTE: Sometimes Girdled Fairy Wrasses are difficult to get eating at first. If this happens, we recommend fortified live adult brine shrimp.
Approximate Purchase Size
up to 2″