Not Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Central Pacific Ocean: Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Atoll.
Size: 5 inches (12 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits seaward reefs and protected lagoons rich in stony coral growth, usually in less than 60 feet (20 m) of water, and feeds mainly on SPS stony coral polyps, yet also very minor amounts of worms, hydroids, and algae.
General Husbandry: Somewhat attractive with a whitish body having several brownish yellowish vertical lines, black eye band, and sometimes pale blue in the trailing areas of the dorsal and anal fins. Nevertheless, only occasionally seen in the trade because its mainly a coral feeder and has proven to be difficult to maintain in captivity unless fed SPS corals!
Best maintained in larger peaceful fish-only aquariums, especially those with lots of open swimming space, and live rock hiding places. As to diet, a meaty diet of live fortified brine shrimp and/or black worms (Lumbriculus variegatus) is a good beginning. Once feeding regularly, various frozen meaty foods such as mysis can be offered several times daily.
Should there be a feeding problem, small human consumption clams/black mussels purchased in local grocery stores and placed on the half-shell in the aquarium may help entice it to begin feeding. Over time, frozen foods like mysis and brine shrimp may be more readily accepted.
FYI: Best left in the wild!
Experience Level: Professional
Coral Safe: No
Invertebrate Safe: No
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Environment: Fish-only aquarium
Tankmates: Peaceful or non-aggressive
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
Temperature Range: 72 - 81°F (22 – 27°C)
Specific Gravity: 1.020 -1.026
pH: 8.0 - 8.5