Carpenter Fairy Wrasse
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The Carpenter's Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus carpenteri) is a species of saltwater fish belonging to the wrasse family (Labridae). These vibrant and colorful fish are known for their striking appearance and are popular among marine aquarium enthusiasts. Here's a description of the Carpenter's Fairy Wrasse:
Size: Carpenter's Fairy Wrasse is a relatively small fish. Adult individuals typically reach a maximum length of about 4 to 4.5 inches (10 to 12 centimeters).
Coloration: These wrasses are renowned for their dazzling colors and intricate patterns. They have a bright orange-red body with a horizontal blue stripe running from the eye to the base of the caudal fin. The dorsal fin and caudal fin are often adorned with blue and yellow markings. Their striking coloration is more pronounced in males.
Sexual Dimorphism: Like many other fairy wrasse species, Carpenter's Fairy Wrasse exhibits sexual dimorphism, which means males and females have different appearances. Males are typically more colorful, with vibrant hues and elongated dorsal fin rays, while females have a more subdued coloration.
Habitat: These wrasses are native to the Western Pacific Ocean, particularly in the waters around Fiji and Tonga. They are commonly found in coral reef environments, often inhabiting shallow areas with plenty of hiding spots among coral branches and crevices.
Behavior: Carpenter's Fairy Wrasse is a peaceful and generally non-aggressive species. They are known for their active swimming behavior and are often seen darting in and out of coral formations. These fish are typically found in small groups, with one dominant male and several females.
Diet: In their natural habitat, Carpenter's Fairy Wrasses are primarily carnivorous. They feed on small invertebrates such as crustaceans, zooplankton, and small benthic organisms. In captivity, they can be fed a diet of high-quality frozen or live foods, as well as dry pellets designed for marine fish.
Aquarium Care: If you plan to keep Carpenter's Fairy Wrasses in a home aquarium, it's important to provide a suitable environment with plenty of live rock and hiding places. They thrive in well-maintained reef aquariums with stable water conditions. A tank size of at least 30 gallons is recommended for a single specimen.
Compatibility: Carpenter's Fairy Wrasses are generally compatible with other peaceful fish species and reef inhabitants. However, they should not be kept with aggressive or territorial species, as they can be easily bullied.
Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.