Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean: Red Sea and East Africa to Marshall Islands, Samoa, Japan
Size: 7 inches (17 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits dense coral growths and areas near Black Coral and gorgonians and usually found at depths between 20 – 85 feet (6– 25 m) where it feeds on benthic hard-shelled invertebrate.
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade having a reddish orange color with white spots along the base of the dorsal fin.
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 and eat those smaller than itself.
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: 100 gallons
Temperature Range: 74- 82°F (23 – 27°C)
Specific Gravity: 1.020 - 1.026
pH: 8.0 - 8.5