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Orange-Back Fairy Wrasse
(Cirrhilabrus aurantidorsalis)
Orange-Back Fairy Wrasse
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Orange, Red
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 4½"
Origin Indonesia
Family Labridae
Minimum Tank Size 90 gallons
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Overview

The Orange-Back Fairy Wrasse originates from the eastern Tomini Bay, Sulawesi, and occurs in small groups on the reef. The Orange-Back Fairy Wrasse has a brilliant orange colored back with a magenta colored stripe covering the head and extending the entire length of the fish to the tail. The male of this species develops a dark red crown marking on the head. Colors may vary depending on the fish's mood. When courting, the male will display increased color intensity.

The Orange-Back Fairy Wrasse is a very peaceful, active fish that will bring both color and activity to a fish-only or reef aquarium of 90 gallons or larger. They will not bother any corals or invertebrates making them a perfect fish for the reef aquarium. These wrasses like to jump, so a tight fitting canopy is recommended.

The Orange-Back Fairy Wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 4"

Customer Testimonials

Rodney Denny Chillicothe , IL
I put this Fairy Wrasse in my 125gal reef tank, and it is doing great. Peaceful to others and out all the time. I will add 2 more in the near future.
Kim Martinson Kalispell , MT
I've had an Orange-Back Fairy Wrasse in my 75 gallon reef tank for three years now and love him! He was pretty small but has grown into a much larger fish - I would say over 4". He does like to sleep somewhere safe, so I made him a PVC sand-encrusted tube that he goes in every night when he got too big for the rocks. Very curious fish, out swimming all the time and never bothers anything. He's still absolutely gorgeous! Very pleased - thanks DFS!
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