The male Yellowband Fairy Wrasse has a bright maroon body, with a horizontal yellow streak on the side. There are blue stripes on the dorsal and anal fins. The females generally are not as colourful. They are olive green and purplish blue, and have two rows of red spots from the base of the pectoral fin to the tail.
A 300L or larger aquarium, either fish-only or reef, provides a good habitat. This species prefers dim lighting. The Yellowband Fairy Wrasse will not bother corals or invertebrates, making them a perfect addition to any reef aquarium. These wrasse like to jump, so a tight fitting canopy is recommended.
The Yellowband Fairy Wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.