Koi Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus adornatus) Care
The Koi Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus adornatus, comes from the Eastern Asia/Indonesia region and are a rare fairy wrasse in the hobby. These fish have a mostly white to off white body with pinkish/red markings on their upper half and dorsal fin. The markings on the Koi Fairy Wrasse resemble those found on Koi fish, hence their name.
Koi Fairy Wrasses can reach up to 5″ and require an aquarium of at least 90 gallons with plenty of live rock, hiding places, and a fine sand bed. They are strong jumpers and should be kept in an aquarium with a tight fitting cover. 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. Instead 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.
They are peaceful and reef safe but do not do well with other males of their species, but can be house with several females. They should be housed with other peaceful fish. It is best not to house Koi Fairy Wrasses with large, intimidating species such as some of the bigger Angels and Tangs. Likewise, do not keep alongside small timid planktivores such as dottybacks, as the Koi Fairy Wrasse can be very competitive at feeding times.
The Koi Fairy Wrasse is 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. They need to be fed two to three times a day to stay healthy.