The Scott's Multicolor Wrasse is also known as the Scott's Velvet Wrasse, Greenback Fairy Wrasse, Black-fin or Black edge Fairy Wrasse. The male has a bright red dot on the side of its blue green body. The fins are ornately marked in yellows, pinks, and blues. The females generally do not have quite as bold markings as the males. When courting, the male will display increased color intensity.
The Scott's Multicolor Wrasse, also known as the Black-fin or Black edge Fairy Wrasse, originates from the waters of Australia, Cook Islands, and Fiji, and each location represents a color variation of Scott's Multicolor Wrasse. The variety collected from Australia contains more red within the fins and the break in coloration within the body is less dramatic. Colors may vary depending on the fish's mood.
The Scott's Multicolor Wrasse is a very peaceful, 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. These wrasses like to jump, so a tight fitting canopy is recommended. Like other fairy wrasses of the Cirrhilabrus genus, Scott's Multicolor Wrasse 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.
Scott's Multicolor Wrasse tends 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. In order to keep the brilliant colors of the male, you will need to have two in the tank. Females are best introduced to the tank before or at the same time as the male. Scott's Multicolor Wrasse will behave aggressively toward other fairy wrasses that arrive to the tank after them.
It is easy to take care of Scott's Multicolor Wrasse and hence can be well maintained by an aquarist who is at least moderately experienced. When Scott's Multicolor Wrasse is 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: Scott's Multicolor Wrasse grows up to 5 inches in length.
General Size Specifications: The small size will come to you generally 1 to 2 inches; the medium generally 3 to 4 inches; the large generally 5 to 6 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The Scott's Multicolor Wrasse prefers a tank of at least 30 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim. The tank set up may be marine: Coral or rock, plants. Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F).
Habitat: Range: the Cook Islands and Australia
Feeding and Diet: Scott's Multicolor Wrasse is a carnivore and likes to eat variety of meats (fish, scallop, shrimp, squid, clam). Feed a varied diet of frozen prepared foods, minced fresh shrimp, and a good flake food. Try to feed at least twice a day.