Scott’s Fairy Wrasse: Facts, Habitat, and Conservation

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Latin name: (Cirrhilabrus scottorum)

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Black, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow



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Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

90 gallons



The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse from Fiji is a truly remarkable species with its striking black margin on the dorsal fin and mostly green coloration. Its relatives from Cook Islands are bluer in coloration with yellow fins and have a more noticeable break between the colors. Even more eye-catching is the variety of Scott’s Fairy Wrasse collected from Australia, which contains more red within the fins and less dramatic breaks in coloration. Both males and females of this species have similar coloration, however the male will display increased color intensity when courting. Additionally, the colors of the Scott’s Fairy Wrasse may vary based on its state of mind. Furthermore, they are an incredibly resilient species and can easily adapt to a wide range of aquariums. Lastly, they can live up to 10 years with proper care.

The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse is an ideal addition to any aquarium, providing beautiful color and activity. They are a peaceful species and will not interact negatively with any corals or invertebrates in the tank. This species is particularly active, so it is important to ensure that the aquarium has a tight-fitting canopy to help prevent any accidental jumps. With a minimum tank size of 90 gallons, the Scott’s Fairy Wrasse is an excellent choice for any fish-only or reef aquarium. Furthermore, they are relatively hardy, making them a great option for beginner aquarists.

The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse diet should include a variety of high quality marine flake and marine pellet foods to ensure proper nutrition.

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