Orange Back Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus aurantidorsalis)
Max Size: 4 1/2 inches
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 90 gallons
The Orange Back Fairy Wrasse hails from the eastern Tomini Bay, Sulawesi, and can often be found in small groups within the reef. Its striking appearance features a brilliant orange-colored back, complemented by a magenta stripe that extends from the head to the tail. Male Orange Back Fairy Wrasses develop a captivating dark red crown marking on their heads, and their colors may vary depending on their mood. During courtship, the males display even more intense and vibrant colors.
This species is known for its peaceful and active nature, making it a wonderful addition to both fish-only and reef aquariums, especially those with a capacity of 90 gallons or larger. One of the best features of the Orange Back Fairy Wrasse is its compatibility with corals and invertebrates, as it will not bother them, making it an ideal choice for reef aquarium enthusiasts. However, due to their tendency to jump, it is crucial to provide a tight-fitting canopy to prevent any escape attempts.
To maintain the health and vibrancy of the Orange Back Fairy Wrasse, a well-balanced diet is essential. Their meals should include vitamin-enriched frozen mysis shrimp, frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods, along with high-quality marine flakes and marine pellet foods.
With its captivating colors and lively demeanor, the Orange Back Fairy Wrasse is sure to bring both visual appeal and activity to any marine aquarium, creating a delightful underwater experience for all who observe it.