Sailfin Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus cyanogularis) Care
The Sailfin Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus cyanogularis, is a vibrant fish only discovered and entering the hobby in 2016 and rarely found within the trade. This species with one male and several females would be the centerpiece of any aquarium. They are noted for their brilliant coloring particularly the almost electric blue coloring on it’s breast. The Sailfin Fairy Wrasse will reach a maximum size of nearly 5 inches and is is a very colorful and hardy wrasse, but need to be kept in a tanks with plenty of swimming room, some sand substrate, and rock work to hide and sleep in. These are great schooling fish and can be kept 1 male to every 3 females, but you need at least a 125 gallon tank for this harem.
Sailfin Fairy Wrasses are good jumpers and should be kept in a tank with a cover. They do not need a deep sand bed to bury themselves 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 as it is not harmful. It is not uncommon for them to hide the first several days when introduced to a new tank. The species is believed to be hermaphroditic where the largest female will change to male if needed.
Avoid keeping fairy wrasses with groupers, large dottybacks, larger angelfishes, aggressive wrasses, most triggerfish and large puffers. An Additional potential threat to fairy wrasses are the carpet sea anemones and the adhesive sea anemone. These invertebrates have been known to capture these wrasses at night.
Sailfin Fairy Wrasses are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as zooplankton, brine and mysis shrimp, high-quality frozen foods, pieces of fresh seafood, and flake and pellet foods. Feed them two to three times each day.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small-Medium: 2” to 2½”
Large: 4” to 4½”
Extra Large: 4½” to 5½”