Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Throughout the Red Sea, Maldives and Africa's East Coast to Indonesia, north to Southern Japan, south to Marshall Islands, Western Australia, Great Barrier Reef, and New Caledonia.
Natural Environment: Inhabits upper reef slopes and seen at depths between 10 to 50 feet (3 - 15 m).
General Husbandry: Seems to prefer moderate light, and occasional swift water movement.
Even though a photosynthetic species, several weekly feedings with plankton-like foodstuffs are quite beneficial.
FYI: Susceptible to bristle worms damage.
Used extensively in the jewelry trade.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Diet: Photosynthetic/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 350+
Water Movement: WM 1 - 2
Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.