Sunset Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus pylei) Care
The Sunset Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus pylei, is also known as the Blue Margin Fairy Wrasse. They should be kept in a tanks with swimming room, some sand substrate, and plenty rock work to hide and sleep in. Males vary in coloring,mostly reddish orange overall with long pelvic fins. Females are overall reddish orange.
Sunset Fairy Wrasses can reach up to 5 inches and require an aquarium of at least 50 gallons with plenty of live rock and a fine sand bed and do best with one male and multiple females. They are strong jumpers and should be kept in an aquarium with a lid. They will likely hide for several days when first introduced to a new aquarium. 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.
These fish 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.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 1” to 1½”
Small-Medium: 1½” to 2”
Medium: 2” to 2½”
Medium-Large: 2½” to 3”
Large: 3” to 3½”
Extra Large: 3½” to 4”
Extra Extra Large: 4” to 4½”