Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean
Natural Environment: Inhabits protected areas receiving gentle water movement and usually seen on reef drop-offs and under overhangs.
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade.
These creatures require numerous feedings per day of live and/or preserved commercial phytoplankton/zooplankton products or that of animal and plant powders that produce suspended products in the bulk water.
Proper placement is also quite important. Generally, most prefer low light and do better with indirect light and gentle water movement.
Besides being difficult to maintain, they have a very short life span, usually about one year and sometimes far less.
Only those willing to provide for their demanding level of care should attempt keeping them in closed systems.
FYI: Color depends upon its area of origin.
Experience Level: Expert
Diet: Plankton feeder
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Coral Safe: Yes
Fish Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderate
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 - 83°F (23 - 28°C)
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Lighting: PAR 150
Water Movement: WM 1
Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.