Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Southern Florida, Bahamas to northern South America.
Size: 3 inches (7 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits coral, sandy, and rubble bottom areas and sometimes found in tube sponges and near anemones. Usually found at depths between 3 – 250 feet (1 – 75 m) where it feeds on small fishes and crustaceans/zooplankton during evening hours.
General Husbandry: Rarely seen in the trade with this hardy species having a pinkish body.
Best maintained fish-only aquariums with subdued lighting, yet can also be maintained in reef aquariums, with both having several rocky caves/hiding areas. If maintained with moderately aggressive tankmates, will remain in hiding during daylight hours and may not get its fair share of the food when the aquarium is fed. If maintained with peaceful tankmates, will spend a good portion of its time in the aquarium open areas.
As to diet, products such as marine fish and crustacean flesh, clams, and other marine meaty foods should be enriched and finely chopped and fed several times daily. Depending upon the environment in which its maintained, the best time of the day to feed are early morning and evening hours.
FYI: Best maintained in groups of five or more and possibly, if the aquarium environment will allow it, a Condylactis gigantean anemone, as they are at home with this species in the wild.
Their diet should contain a color enhancer, such as Spirulina, as their color tends to fade in captivity.
A threat to small tankmates, shrimp, and small worms/feather dusters.
Experience Level: Beginner
Coral Safe: Yes
Fish Safe: With caution
Invertebrate Safe: With caution
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Minimum Tank Size: 30+ gallons
Temperature Range: 72 - 82°F (22 – 28°C)
Specific Gravity: 1.020 - 1.026
pH: 8.0 - 8.5