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Featured Fish: Rhomboid Wrasse – Meet the Cirrhilabrus family!

The Cirrhilabrus family is known as the “Fairy Wrasse” family in the hobby.  These wrasses are an active, diurnal species with gorgeous colors and an outgoing attitude.

Fairy wrasses are found in the tropical Indo-Pacific area at depths of 10 – 75 feet. The males are larger and more colorful than the females. In the wild, their diet consists mostly of zooplankton, however, in the home aquarium they will accept most types of meaty frozen foods such as mysis, brine shrimp, LRS Reef and Fish frenzy,etc.

The Rhomboid Wrasse

(Photo Credit: www.reefkeeping.com)

Cirrhilabrus rhomboidalis, is a species of wrasse endemic to the Marshall Islands, where it is only found in the Kwajalein Atoll. Reaching a maximum length of 8.5 cm (3.1 in), the majestic Rhomboid inhabits coral reefs at depths as low as 40m (130 ft).

 

Housing Requirements:

🐠Reef Compatibility: Yes

🐠Behavior: Only one male per aquarium. Mildly aggressive towards other Cirrhilabrus sp, Peaceful towards other genuses.

  • Provide them both shaded and bright lighted areas.
  • They are notorious jumpers, covering the tank is required–protect your ASSets!  
  • Training them on frozen food is an easy process.

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Once established, they are active and like to explore everything around them.  It’s fascinating to watch how their little eyes scroll the aquarium for possible hiding spots and food.  Rhomboids may become territorial towards other fish with similar color and body shape such as Purple Tilefish, however, in a large enough (minimum 75gal) aquarium,

 Rhomboids may become territorial towards other fish with similar color and body shape such as Purple Tilefish, however, in a large enough (minimum 75gal) aquarium, they remain peaceful and are a GREAT addition to reef aquariums.

Do not be alarmed by their sleeping habits, as they create a thin-layered mucus cocoon to protect themselves from possible predators during their slumber.  

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Meet one of our Rhomboid Wrasses by visiting us in store! 

These guys go fast so catch them while they’re still around.

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