Pintail Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus isosceles)


Max Size: 5 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 90 gallons

The Pintail Fairy Wrasse is native to the waters from Japan to the Philippines, and it thrives in the rubble areas of the outer reefs. This peaceful wrasse is a true gem that can enhance any reef aquarium with its stunning pastel colors of pink, yellow, and orange. During courtship, the males display an even more intense and vibrant coloration. It's fascinating to observe how their colors may vary depending on their mood.

With its peaceful and active nature, the Pintail Fairy Wrasse makes a wonderful addition to fish-only or reef aquariums, especially those with a capacity of 90 gallons or larger. A major advantage of having this wrasse in a reef tank is that it won't bother corals or invertebrates, making it a perfect and harmonious fit for such environments. For those looking to keep a group of Pintail Fairy Wrasse, it's recommended to introduce one male with a group of females either simultaneously or with the females added first. To ensure their safety, a tight-fitting canopy is advisable as these wrasses have a tendency to jump.

In order to maintain the Pintail Fairy Wrasse in optimal health, a well-balanced diet is essential. Their diet should consist of vitamin-enriched frozen mysis shrimp, frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods, along with high-quality marine flakes and marine pellet food. Given their active nature, it's beneficial to feed them several times a day to ensure they receive adequate nutrition.

In conclusion, the Pintail Fairy Wrasse is a captivating and peaceful fish that brings both vibrant colors and lively activity to any aquarium. With the right care and attention to their dietary needs, these wrasses can thrive and become a highlight of your aquatic display.