Not Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Maldives east to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, north to Southern Japan.
Size: 5 inches (12 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits shallow sheltered lagoons and coastal reefs rich in stony coral growth at depths between 10 – 60 feet (3 - 20 m) and feeds mainly on stony coral polyps.
Natural Environment: Quite attractive with a yellow body having numerous vertical narrow black bands, with one through the eyes, and yellow on all the fins. There’s also a black spot on the caudal peduncle. Nevertheless, very rarely seen in the trade because its mainly a coral feeder and has proven to be difficult to maintain in captivity unless fed live coral polyps!
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: With caution
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Environment: Fish-only aquarium
Tankmates: Peaceful or non-aggressive
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons
Temperature Range: 72 - 81°F (22 – 27°C)
Specific Gravity: 1.020 -1.026
pH: 8.0 - 8.5