|Latin name||Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis - Randall & Emery, 1983|
|Local name||Red Velvet Wrasse|
|Family||Labridae - Cirrhilabrus|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean|
|Max length||7 cm (2,8")|
|Minimum volume||400 cm (106 gal)|
|Suitable for aquarium||Suitable for most aquarium|
|Reef safe||Always reef safe|
|Aggressiveness||Might be aggressive towards food competitors|
Zooplankton (Cyclops, pods...)
Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)
This species is known to jump out of open aquaria.
This species is very sensitive during transportation and acclimatizing into the aquarium.
If a male is not kept with a small group of females, he will often become less colourful over time.
This species will better acclimatize to the aquarium`s condition if introduced, when young.
Very small individuals can be very delicate.
In the aquarium the colour of this species can become matte.
Food with plenty of pigment and generally a varied diet of high quality can help alleviate colour loss.
This fish requires feeding several times a day, especially when newly added.
When the fish can find its natural food in the aquarium it requires less frequent feeding.
This species can change gender from male to female and vice versa.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
This species revels in swimming and requires an aquarium with ample space.
This species comes in multiple color variations which can make identification problematic.
This species functions best as a pair (one male, one female), or one male with several females.
This species is very shy and docile, so one should be careful when keeping it with more aggressive fish.
This species can be aggressive when kept together with fish that are very similar, or if they are not provided with adequate space.
These fish varies greatly in colour, depending on the individual fish.
They can even partially change colour depending on their mood.
Fish in the genus Cirrhilabrus are very colourful and most of them are well suited to aquarium life.
They are for the most part very peaceful, but in some cases can be aggressive to closely related species. Add the largest males last, if one wants to keep multiple species together. The tank should be at least 100 gal (400 liters), but preferably 200 gal (800 liters) or more.
There is a little difference in how bold they are, some will be in the water column shortly after their introduction, whereas others need peace and quiet when first added.
As their normal reaction to being hunted or chased is to swim straight upwards there needs to be a lid on the aquarium and a secure overflow. One should therefore avoid keeping these fish with species that hunt them to avoid injury when they hit the cover.
Males can be rough with each other, but one male and several females go well together. It is best to introduce them simultaneously, or alternatively the females first. One needs a lot of space for a larger group.
There is often a large colour variation, depending on their origin and there can be a big difference between male and female. They can also change gender both from male to female and vice versa.
Males can change and flash their colours during courtship.
Fairy Wrasses like some Parrotfish, sleep between rocks in a cocoon of mucus.
They eat for the most part frozen- and flake foods of appropriate size and if their colour is to be kept, need a varied and high quality diet. Since they are very active they need feeding at least twice daily.
When these fish are chosen in the fish store, pay close attention to the mouth area as this can be injured during transport, which can lead to infection. It is also worth checking that they are active when feeding, especially in regard to large individuals.
Wrasses are nearly always seen in reef aquaria, since many of the species are both attractive and useful in battling a range of unwanted invertebrates like i.e. flatworms, pyramide snails.
These fish live of everything from zooplankton to large crustaceans, sea urchins and the like.
The needs and behaviour of Wrasses vary greatly, so it is vital to familiarize oneself with the specific species before buying one.
|Distribution||Western Indian Ocean: Maldives and Chagos Archipelago.|
Henry C. Schultz. 2003. The Fairy Wrasses: Cirrhilabrus spp. - Reefkeeping Magazine - (English)
Phillip Hunt. 2010. Cirrhilabrus: The Fairy Wrasses - Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine - (English)
Bob Fenner. Fairy or Velvet Wrasses, the Genus Cirrhilabrus, pt. 1 - Wet Web Media - (English)
Bob Fenner. Fairy or Velvet Wrasses, the Genus Cirrhilabrus, pt. 2 - Wet Web Media - (English)
Tony Vargas. 2011. Aquarium Fish: Spawning Cirrhilabrus jordani - Advanced Aquarist - (English)
Scott W. Michael. 2009. Wrasses and Parrotfishes (Reef Fishes Series Book 5) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
"Minimum volume" indicates the size of the tank needed to house this species under optimal conditions.
This is based on a medium size animal, which you want to keep for several years.
It might be possible to keep smaller specimens for a limited period in a smaller tank. A larger tank might be needed for fully-grown specimens.
"Hardiness" indicates how resistant this species is to disease and how well i tolerates bad conditions in general.
Some species doesn't handle transportation very well, but that doesn't mean that the species isn't hardy under the right conditions.
In this case, a "normal" aquarium is a reef aquarium with mixed corals or a fish only aquarium with an approximately salinity of 1.026 (sg) and a temperature close to 26°C.
Species requiring more than a 4000-liter tank are considered not suitable for home aquarium.
Special aquariums may cover tanks with low salinity, sub-tropical temperature, deep sand bed, sea grass etc.
Always reef safe: No sources indicate that this species will harm corals or other invertebrates.
Often reef safe: Only a few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species with corals and other invertebrates.
Reef safe with caution: This species may be a threat to some types of invertebrates.
Reef safe with luck: Most specimens will harm corals and/or other invertebrates, but you might be lucky.
Not reef safe: This species is a threat to most corals and/or other invertebrates.