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Species Name: Cirrhilabrus roseafascia

Authority: Randall & Lubbock, 1982

Common Name: Rose-band/Pink-banded Fairy Wrasse

Range: Southern Japan, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (Kure and Midway only)

Size: 8 inches - 20 cm

Natural Environment: Inhabits very deep (300 feet/100m) coastal slopes

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 66 - 76°F (19 - 24°C) and has a natural diet of zooplankton. Requires a meaty diet, including fortified brine shrimp, mysis, black worms and other meaty type frozen foods. May hide for several days when introduced, and also a good jumper! Needs two or three feedings per day. They make good reef aquarium inhabitants if supplied with ample crevices and caves. They don't bury themselves in the sand at night, as do many other wrasses. Instead, they may form a mucus cocoon similar to some parrotfishes and/or wedge themselves into a rock crevice. It should be noted the cocoon remnants do not seem to harm water quality or other aquarium inhabitants. Rarely seen in the trade.

Aquarium Suitability: Fish-only or reef aquariums

Rose-band/Pink-banded Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus roseafascia) Photo Credit:Hiroyuki Tanaka

Photo Credit: Hiroyuki Tanaka

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