Laboute's Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus laboutei)
Max Size: 5 1/2 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 90 gallons
The Laboute's Fairy Wrasse, native to the Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia, typically inhabits small groups within the outer reef areas. Its striking appearance includes a vibrant combination of red, orange, and yellow colors, complemented by a blue cap that covers its nose and head. Both male and female Laboute's Fairy Wrasses exhibit similar coloration, but during courtship, the male's colors intensify, displaying a heightened vibrancy. It is important to note that the fish's colors may vary based on its mood.
Peaceful and active, the Laboute's Fairy Wrasse is an excellent addition to a fish-only or reef aquarium of 90 gallons or more. This species coexists harmoniously with corals and invertebrates, making it well-suited for reef environments. It is advisable to keep a single male with a group of females introduced prior to or simultaneously with the male. Due to their tendency to jump, it is recommended to have a secure, tight-fitting canopy in place.
To maintain optimal health, the Laboute's Fairy Wrasse should be provided with a varied diet. This includes vitamin-enriched frozen mysis shrimp, frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods, along with high-quality marine flakes and pellets.