Cirrhilabrus aurantidorsalis, commonly known as the orange-back fairy wrasse, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Labridae. It is native to the western Pacific Ocean, specifically the waters surrounding the Philippines and Indonesia.
The orange-back fairy wrasse is highly sought after by marine aquarium enthusiasts due to its striking coloration and captivating behavior. It has a slender and elongated body with vibrant hues of orange, yellow, and red. Males typically exhibit more intense colors compared to females. The dorsal fin of males features an elongated filament that adds to their visual appeal.
In the wild, the orange-back fairy wrasse is found in reef environments, usually in areas with rich coral growth. They prefer shallow coastal waters with plenty of hiding spots and coral formations. This species is known to be relatively peaceful and can be kept in a community aquarium with other compatible fish species.
The orange-back fairy wrasse is a carnivorous fish that primarily feeds on small invertebrates and zooplankton in the water column. In an aquarium, it can be fed a varied diet consisting of high-quality frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, copepods, and other meaty preparations. It is important to offer a diverse diet to ensure their nutritional needs are met.
The orange-back fairy wrasse requires a well-maintained reef aquarium with appropriate water parameters. It is recommended to provide a tank with live rock for natural hiding places and to mimic their natural habitat. It's also important to maintain stable water conditions, including appropriate temperature, pH, and salinity levels.