Not Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Central Pacific Ocean: Society and Marquesas Islands, and Tuamotu Archipelago.
Size: 5 inches (12 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits coastal lagoon patch reefs, outer reef faces, and fore-reef slopes at depths between 10 to 80 feet (3 – 20 m) and mainly feeds on zooplankton and benthic invertebrates.
General Husbandry: This rarely seen in the trade, yet quite hardy species has a brownish yellow body with scales highlighted in yellow, black eye band, and yellow tail.
Best housed in larger peaceful fish-only aquariums, especially those with lots of open swimming space, and live rock hiding places. A meaty diet of live fortified brine shrimp, black worms (Lumbriculus variegatus), and/or various frozen meaty foods such as mysis, should be offered several times daily.
Should there be a problem getting this species to feed, 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: Juveniles acclimate more easily to aquarium life than do adults.
Preferably maintained without others in the same genus or as a mated pair.
Pressing some soft foods into openings/crevices on a piece of old dead coral skeleton can sometimes encourage finicky eaters to begin feeding.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Coral Safe: No
Invertebrate Safe: No
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Environment: Fish-only aquarium
Tankmates: Peaceful or non-aggressive
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons
Temperature Range: 72 - 82°F (22 – 28°C)
Specific Gravity: 1.020 -1.026
pH: 8.0 - 8.5