Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Red Sea to the Solomon Islands.
Size: 30 inches (76 cm)
Natural Environment: Lives singly on sandy and coral rubble substrates, hiding most of its body. Found at a depth between 6 to 65 feet (2 - 20 m).
General Husbandry: Does best in deep sandy substrates where it will bury its foot and become attached to the aquarium bottom or some deeply buried rock. Requires swift water movement and high intensity lighting.
Its oral disc is usually tan or pinkish, and rarely seen as a blue as shown in the photo, with its column tan or gray, and if very healthy, tentacles are very sticky.
Requires several feedings per week of chopped shrimp, fish, squid, and/or silversides.
FYI: May eat small fishes in the aquarium!
Should be the first animal in the aquarium and allowed to roam/find its preferred place before adding other fixed location corals, as it will sting anything it comes in contact with.
Delicate, and prone to bacterial infections.
Reported to host several different Anemonefishes in the wild - A. clarki, A. percula, A. perideraion, A. akindynos, A. rubrocinctus, A. bicinctus, and A. ocellaris.
Experience Level: Expert
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Coral Safe: No
Fish Safe: With caution
Invertebrate Safe: With caution
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)
Temperature Range: 72 - 82°F (22 - 27°C)
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Lighting: PAR 450+
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.