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Red Velvet Wrasse - Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis - Rosy-scales Fairy Wrasse

Red Velvet Wrasse - Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis - Rosy-scales Fairy Wrasse
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3.1 inches
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The Red Velvet Wrasse is also known as the Rosy scales Fairy Wrasse. Red Velvet Wrasse is a very bright rainbow splash of color. The Red Velvet Wrasse is a small colorful wrasse with the front part of the body being red and the remainder being yellow. As the fish matures, the scales toward the front of the fish develop dark edges. The color of the female is subdued when comparing it to the brilliance of the male. During courtship, the sides of the male will turn almost white in an attempt to persuade his mate. Colors may vary depending on the fish's mood. This fish is one of the larger of the fairy wrasse species reaching almost five inches in length as an adult.

The Red Velvet Wrasse is a salt water species and originates from the waters surrounding the Maldives islands. The Red Velvet Wrasse is a very peaceful and active fish that will bring both color and activity to a fish only or reef aquarium of 50 gallons or larger. They will not bother any corals or invertebrates making them a perfect fish for the reef aquarium. Red Velvet Wrasse likes to jump, so a tight fitting canopy is recommended. Like other fairy wrasses of the Cirrhilabrus genus, it is fairly hardy and should be given plenty of places to hide. After it establishes it will become more active and be one of the best eaters in your tank.

In captivity Red Velvet Wrasse tend to dull in color slightly when lacking the presence of another male. Do not attempt to keep more than one male unless they will live in a very large tank. Females are best introduced to the tank before or at the same time as the male. They will behave aggressively toward other fairy wrasses that arrive to the tank after them. The Red Velvet Wrasse may act semi aggressively toward other fish.

The Red Velvet Wrasse is suitable for an aquarist who is experienced. This species is very difficult to keep and should only be attempted by expert aquarists. Red Velvet Wrasse are reef compatible. When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. Meals should consist of a variety of feeder shrimp, flaked foods, and marine meats.

Maximum Size: The Red Velvet Wrasse grows up to 5.5 inches

General Size Specifications: This fish will come to you generally around 2 to 4 inches.

Minimum Tank Size: The Red Velvet Wrasse prefers a tank of at least 50 gallons with plenty of places to hide & 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 Red Velvet Wrasse is a carnivore and likes to eat Variety of meaty treats including frozen mysis, saltwater feeder shrimp, squid, scallop clam and other crustaceans.

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