Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Southern Florida, Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
Natural Environment: Inhabits areas under overhangs and caves receiving excellent water flow and usually seen at depths between 30 - 600 feet (10 - 180 m) where it can attain a height of about 12 inches (30 cm).
General Husbandry: This non-photosynthetic species requires a shaded area and daily feedings with plankton-like foodstuffs.
FYI: Shows up in the trade quite frequently because of its colors, but difficult to maintain any length of time!
Experience Level: Expert
Diet: Plankton feeder
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Fish Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately difficult
Calcium (Ca): 380 - 430 mg/l
Alkalinity: 2.5 - 3.0 meq/l
Phosphate (PO4): <0.05 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg): approx. 1350 mg/l (relate to specific gravity)
Strontium (Sr) 8 - 10 mg/l
Temperature Range: 72 - 82°F (22 - 27°C)
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Lighting: PAR 50
Water Movement: WM 2 - 3
Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.