Pintail Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus isosceles) Care
The Pintail Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus isosceles, is a vibrant fish only entering the hobby in 2016 and rarely found within the trade. This species with one male and several females would be the centerpiece of any aquarium. They will reach a maximum size of nearly 6 inches and is is a very colorful and hardy wrasse, but need to be kept in a tanks with plenty of swimming room, some sand substrate, and rock work to hide and sleep in. These are great schooling fish and can be kept 1 male to every 3 females.
Pintail Fairy Wrasses are good jumpers and should be kept in a tank with a cover. They do not need a deep sand bed to bury themselves 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 as it is not harmful. It is not uncommon for them to hide the first several days when introduced to a new tank. The species is hermaphroditic where the largest female will change to male if needed.
Pintail Fairy 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. Feed them two to three times each day.