Common names for the Scott’s Fairy Wrasse include Black-fin Wrasse and Blackedge Fairy Wrasse. They originate from the waters of Australia, the Cook Islands, and Fiji.

Scotts Fairy Wrasse
Scotts Fairy Wrasse

The Scott’s Fairy Wrasse from Fiji is also known as Scott’s Greenback Fairy Wrasse and is mostly green in colour with a black margin on the dorsal fin.

The variety collected from Australia contains more red within the fins and the break in coloration within the body is less dramatic.

Scott’s Fairy Wrasse that come from the Cook Islands is bluer in coloration with yellow fins and contains more definitive breaks between the colours.

Fairy Wrasse
Fairy Wrasse

As one of the more colourful reef safe fish, the Scott’s Fairy Wrasse is a popular choice amongst reef keepers. It will not harm invertebrates or corals that it is housed with.

It is one of he more peaceful Wrasses, and can do well with small groups of it’s own kind, if they are all introduced at the same time. It will thrive in a community reef aquarium.

They are friendly fish, and not shy. They will often greet the aquarist at the front of the tank and have been known to peck food out of the aquarists’ hands.

Tank Requirements & Facts

Scotts Fairy Wrasse
Scotts Fairy Wrasse
  • Minimum tank size: 90 Gallon (410 Litres)
  • Prone to disease: No
  • Beginner Compatible: Yes
  • Adult Size: 6 inches (15cm)
  • Reef Compatible: Yes
  • Predator Tank Compatible: No
  • Care Level: Easy
  • pH: 8.1 to 8.4
  • Temperature: 22°C to 27°C
  • Preferred Tank Level: All over
  • Tight fitting lid, they have been known to jump.
  • Number to a tank: They can be kept in a harem if all introduced at the same time. They should not be kept with other, more aggressive Wrasses.

Feeding

  • These are Carnivores
  • They are fast eaters, so you will need to ensure the rest of your aquarium are getting their fair share
  • Flake, live & frozen food are all readily accepted

Acclimatisation

Place your fish in the bucket and then drip acclimate for about 60 minutes at a rate of 3 drips per second. This should bring the fishes water parameters in line with your tanks parameters.

Once your fish has been drip acclimated, catch the fish with a net and place it gently into your tank. Do not put any of the water the fish originally came in, into your tank.

Are Scott’s Fairy Wrasses Bullies?

Scotts Fairy Wrasse
Scotts Fairy Wrasse

The simple answer to this is no. They are one of the more sociable Wrasses, and will school with fish of other species with very little negative interaction.

There are few species of community reef fish that this fish will not get along with. Even when they do have a bit of chase around, it won’t last very long & they don’t tend to target the same fish over and over.

They are not a fan of other Wrasses, but this is not really their fault, other Wrasses will tend to target them and bully them. For this reason, the these Wrasses are best kept as the only Wrasse in your aquarium, or kept in a species only tank with a male to female ratio of at least two females to one male.