Blueheaded Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura) Care
The Blueheaded Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura, is also known as the Blueside Wrasse. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. Females have an orangish-red body with a white belly. Males are blue in the front and reddish in the back with a yellow patch just behind the pectoral fins.
Blueheaded Fairy Wrasses can reach up to 6″ and require an aquarium of at least 90 gallons with plenty of live rock and a fine sand bed. They will likely hide for several days when first introduced to a new aquarium. A deep sand bed is not needed for this wrasse to bury itself in at night. They may form a mucus cocoon or wedge themselves into rock crevices. Should they form a cocoon to sleep in there is no need to remove it from the tank.
Blueheaded Fairy Wrasses are peaceful and very social fish. They are reef-safe and will not bother coral, fish or invertebrates. Males may lose some of their colorings if there are no females in the aquarium with them.
These wrasses are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp, high-quality frozen foods, pieces of fresh seafood, and flake and pellet foods.
NOTE: Sometimes Blueheaded Fairy Wrasses are difficult to get eating at first. If this happens, we recommend fortified live adult brine shrimp.