By Bob Goemans
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 Malacanthus latovittatus (Blue Blanquillo)

Malacanthus latovittatus
(Lacepede, 1801)

Blue Blanquillo

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable


These fishes belong in the Order Perciformes and Suborder Percoidei as members of the Family Malacanthidae (Tilefishes), which include 2 Subfamilies, 5 genera and 39 species.

Very pretty, fast moving and great jumpers. Many of these fishes are lost because of injuries incurred when they jump out of the aquarium. Therefore you may find your tilefish on the floor some morning if the aquarium is not covered! They are peaceful and hardy, and take a wide variety of meaty foods. All are quite timid and not fond of bright lighting.

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