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Highly Underrated Fish - Cirrhilabrus lubbocki

In the Wild

The multicolor wrasse (Cirrhilabrus lubbocki) is endemic to the west central pacific. They can be found in large groups at roughly 60 feet around reefs. They seem to have an affinity for finely branched corals and rubble. Max size is about 3" but they are more commonly seen in the 1.5" - 2" range. They do exhibit some variation in coloring, but a sex based dimorphism isn't in the journals we have researched. They are planktivores. They are a species with a short population doubling time, and thus have a low vulnerability to over harvest.

In the Aquarium

These are extremely colorful small, peaceful "pseudo-schooling" fish that could easily be used in many reef tanks instead of more aggressive anthias species. When kept in small groups or singly, they also make great nano tank additions. They will readily take flake and pelletized foods, but will have to be segued from frozen, which they usually accept immediately. They are hardy, reef safe and definitely under appreciated.