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Reef Safe Wrasses

What Do You Mean Reef Safe?

As you know not all marine aquarium fish are reef safe. Many saltwater fish will harm corals, many saltwater fish will harm or kill invertebrates. Reef Safe saltwater fish are marine fish that are safe for corals and invertebrates to include in any reef aquarium. While it has to be said that no marine fish can be considered 100% trustworthy around live coral and small invertebrates, purchasing any of the saltwater fish in the Reef Safe category will be as close to a best choice for a reef aquarium as you can get. There are rouge fish in any species, so if your new tank member is messing with your corals or invert's, remove it and take it for a ride to the LFS. If you ever are confused or have a question while trying to decide which fish to buy for your home reef tank don't hesitate to email for our expert opinion.

Which Qualify as Reef Safe

Well, of course that would be a wrasse which can be kept in a reef safely, right? But the problem here is, " safe in a reef " is not a universal definition and different people have different ideas as to what qualifies. Therefore, lets consider three categories of wrasses: 1) Completely reef safe, 2) Mostly reef safe, and 3) Dont do it! This page will focus on wrasses in categories 1. If a species and/or genus is not mentioned here, there is a 90% chance it falls into the " Dont Do It catagory. There will be some species omitted which are reef safe but they are omitted due to their obscurity in the trade.

There are ten genera of wrasses which are considered to be reef safe and are sometimes available for the reef aquarium. The absolute most common reef safe fish are all the different Cleaner Wrasse and fairy wrasse's species. The Fairy and Flasher style wrasses in this grouping below are found throughout tropical Indo-Pacific shallow waters swimming two to eight feet above sand or rocky substrata. Most can be found in depths ranging from 10 - 75 feet, although a few rarer ones are found deeper than 150 feet. Generally, these fish form aggregations of one dominant male and several (or more) females, and they spend the better part of their day feeding. The males are always larger and more colorful than the females and will flash or display more vibrant colors during courtship. But there are other

Ten Genera of Wrasses Considered To Be Reef Safe

  • Anampses
  • Cirrhilabrus
  • Halichoeres
  • Labroides
  • Macropharyngodon
  • Paracheilinus
  • Pseudocheilinus
  • Pseudocheilinops
  • Pseudojuloides
  • Wetmorella
Special Note: When you see "Aquarium Conditioned" on one of our featured saltwater fish, it means the fish have gone through our Aquarium Conditioning Process which is from 26 days to 60 days long, depending on species. During this time the arriving ocean fresh fish first go through Quarantine, then go into our aquarium life systems. In our aquarium life systems they will get used to aquarium life and we work on getting them to eat well through a special process we use to change ocean fresh saltwater fish over to our aquarium conditioned fish. The process includes enough time to let us have confidence sending marine fish to you knowing they will do well in proper aquarium conditions and they will also eat well, which are the two most important factors if you expect a long life saltwater aquarium fish.

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Male Temminckii "Threadfin"
Fairy Wrasse

Cirrhilabrus Temminckii
Picture of Temminck's Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus temminckii YouTube Video Temminck's Fairy Wrasse


Description: Temmincki Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus temminckii) is also known as Threadfin Wrasse or Peacock Flasher Wrasse. The Temminck's coloration starts with a white underbelly with elongated pelvic fins. Then the upper body is golden-orange with two light blue horizontal stripes. The dorsal and anal fins are red with black along the bases. The expanded fins carry an unforgettable rainbow of colors. The Temminck's Fairy Wrasse, C. temminckii is known from the western Pacific including southern Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Western Australia. Their stripes are known to turn blue when the male is excited and thus they are often called the Blue-stripe Fairy Wrasses; they have two distinct stripes on their side.

Tank Recommendations: The maximum adult size is around 5 inches. We recommend keeping in a tank of at least 90 gallons in size. A 2-3 inch sand bed so they can bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses. The Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. Note: Wrasses are known to jump from aquariums. Be sure to have some sort of covering with no large open holes that they can escape from.

Food and diet:Best to feed several smaller meals a day rather than one large meal. Best practice is to use a refugium as part of the system’s filtration. This will provide a constant food supply of small live foods (e.g. copepods). Easily adjusts to captive diet. Feed a varied diet consisting of finely chopped chunks of meaty foods. These foods include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. It is also a good idea to occasionally supplement with some type of herbivore diet. For frozen aquarium foods we suggest vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.

Reef Compatability: Excellent

Level of care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium; 2" to 3" Large 3" to 4 1/2"


Medium $84.99 Large $99.99


Aquarium Conditioned
Blue Throat Sailfin Fairy Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus sp. Blue Throat Sailfin Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus sp.


Description: It’s been far too long since we last welcomed a new fairy wrasse into the taxonomic world. The Blue Throat Sailfin Fairy Wrasse, also called the Bluethroat Fairy Wrasse is a newly found (2016) species of Fairy Wrasse found only in portions of the Coral Triangle near Cebu, that see relatively little collection and exploration. They have a beautiful colouration, body shape and finnage. It has a large and flowing dorsal fin that is red with purple accents, and a large red caudal fin lined in purple with beautiful purple-striped anal fin. On top of these beautiful colors, the Sailfin Fairy Wrasse has an electric blue large patch under its chin. This is a reef-safe species that will get along with most other reef fish including other wrasses, but should not be kept with members of its own species unless in a large 150 gallon or more tank so each can have its own territory. Like all reef safe fairy wrasses, the Sailfin should not be included in an aquarium containing aggressive or very territorial fish.

Tank Recommendations: The maximum adult size is around 5 inches in the wild, slightly smaller in the aquarium. We recommend keeping in a tank of at least 50 gallons in size. A 2-3 inch sand bed so they can bury themselves in the sand to sleep or hide. Live Rock should be provided for all Fairy and Filament Wrasses. The Live Rock provides numerous small life forms that the Wrasses consider a tasty treat as well as another place to hide when they feel threatened. Note: Wrasses are known to jump from aquariums. Be sure to have some sort of covering with no large open holes that they can escape from.

Food and diet:Best to feed several smaller meals a day rather than one large meal. Best practice is to use a refugium as part of the system’s filtration. This will provide a constant food supply of small live foods (e.g. copepods). A regular diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.

Reef Compatability: Excellent

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: 2 inches to 3 inches


$99.99





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