Temmincki Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus temminckii) Care
The Temmincki Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus temminckii, is also known as the Threadfin Wrasse. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. The colors of this wrasse vary based on age, gender, the region they are from, and even their mood. The lower half of the body is typically more blue and the upper half red.
Temmincki Fairy Wrasses can reach up to 4″ and require an aquarium of at least 60 gallons with plenty of live rock and a fine sand bed. They will do best with one male and multiple females. These fish 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: 1½” to 2”
Small-Medium: 2” to 2½”
Medium: 2½” to 3¼”
Medium-Large: 3¼” to 4”
Large: 4” to 4½”
Extra Large: 4½” to 5½”
Extra Extra Large: 5½” to 6½”