Size: 10 inches (25 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits heavy coral growths on outer reef areas and usually found at depths between 15 – 65 feet (5– 20 m) where it feeds on benthic invertebrate.
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade having the body diagonally divided by a black bar, with the front half brown and the rear half yellow.
Can be maintained in fish-only or reef aquariums, which should provide hiding places and lots of open swimming area. Preferable tankmates are groupers, angelfishes, hawkfishes, and moderately aggressive triggerfishes.
Requires a meaty diet, including fortified brine shrimp, mysis, black worms and other meaty type marine-based frozen foods, including flake foods, and should be fed two or three times per day.
FYI: Can annoy smaller peaceful species.
Since they mostly feed upon worms and crustaceans, they pose a danger in reef tanks.
Will disturb sandbeds by blowing jets of water into it to find buried prey.
Usually sleep under rock shelves, on or under a coral branch, in a crevice, or directly on the sand surface.
Do not have any similar colored species in the aquarium, as this species will become very aggressive towards it. One per aquarium.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Coral Safe: Yes
Fish Safe: With caution
Invertebrate Safe: With caution
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Tankmates: Moderately aggressive
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
Temperature Range: 74- 82°F (23 – 27°C)
Specific Gravity: 1.020 - 1.026
pH: 8.0 - 8.5