The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse is also known as the Ruby Head Fairy Wrasse, Yellow Flanked Fairy Wrasse, Purplehead Parrotfish, or the Blue Sided Fairy Wrasse. This species varies in color considerably ranging from a red and blue, to a deep maroon and deep blue. More often than not, this species will have a pale underside. This is one of the most exotic looking fish and can add grace to your aquarium. The variations in color and patterns of Bluehead Fairy Wrasse vary with the location of its natural habitat, and its mood.
The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse is a saltwater species and is found in Indo Pacific regions. The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse is an ideal fish for the reef aquarium adding both bright color and activity. Wrasse of the genus Cirrhilabrus mix well together if they are introduced simultaneously to the tank, and are one of the best groups of fish for a reef aquarium setting.
It is easy to take care of Bluehead Fairy Wrasse and is suitable for an aquarist who is at least moderately experienced. This is a wonderful aquarium fish that will do great in well maintained tanks. Bluehead Fairy Wrasse has a peaceful temperament. The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse needs a tank with a sand bed as this is where it hides when frightened and burrows for sleep at night. Bluehead Fairy Wrasse is an excellent substitute for harder to keep Anthias
Bluehead Fairy Wrasse needs an aquarium of about 20 gallons with numerous places to swim and hide from its tank mates. Bluehead Fairy Wrasse likes to jump, so a tight fitting canopy in the tank is recommended. It needs a shaded area away from the bright lights. The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse generally gets along well with other small peaceful fishes and it should not be kept with aggressive tank mates. , Bluehead Fairy Wrasse is happiest in schools and is a bright addition to any peaceful system. Bluehead Fairy Wrasse will school with chromis and other schooling fish. It is advisable to feed the Bluehead Fairy Wrasse with a variety of vitamin enriched frozen shrimp, flaked foods, and other marine meaty foods.
Maximum Size: The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse grows up to 3 inches
General Size Specifications: This fish will come to you generally around 2 to 3 inches
Minimum Tank Size: The Bluehead Fairy Wrasse prefers a tank of at least 20 gallons with plenty of places to hide and swim. Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F).
Habitat: Range: Indo Pacific
Feeding and Diet: The Blue Head Fairy Wrasse is a carnivore and likes to eat variety of meats (fish, scallop, shrimp, squid, clam).