Brunneus Fairy Wrasse - Cirrhilabrus brunneus
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The Brunneus Fairy Wrasse, also known as the Dusky Fairy Wrasse, is a rare species of fairy wrasse notable for its somewhat dark and ominous color scheme. the head and back are generally dark gray to black with overlaying lines of red, and red eyes, reminiscent of Darth Maul from the Star Wars series. The underside displays a range of dusky yellow that varies per specimen.
The Brunneus Fairy Wrasse grows to about 6", and is an active swimmer requiring a tank of 90 gallons or larger. As with most fairy wrasses, once acclimated, they're generally a hardy and easy to keep species. They are reef safe, and usually won't bother invertebrates like many wrasse species. Unlike some wrasse don't require sand, preferring to sleep in a slime cocoon at night tucked into the rock. A well fitted cover should be provided to prevent this species from jumping.
Brunneus Fairy Wrasse are carnivores, and should be provided with a diet rich in meaty frozen foods.