Range: Indo-West Central Pacific Ocean: Indonesia to Marquesas and Society Islands, north to Southern Japan, and south to Scott Reef.
Size: 5 inches (12 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits seaward reefs and deep outer reefs and usually found at depths between 50 – 130 feet (15 – 40 m) where it feeds on zooplankton and benthic invertebrate.
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade, with the male having a darkish brown body and head which is marked with numerous white spots and arranged in horizontal lines on the body, which also has a yellowish lengthwise blotch, and yellow on the front portion of the tail. The female also has similar body and head coloring, yet minus the yellow blotch.
Can be maintained in either fish-only or reef aquariums with each having a fine (0.5 – 2 mm) substrate of at least 4 inches (10 cm) in depth.
Requires a meaty diet, including fortified brine shrimp, mysis, black worms and other meaty type marine-based frozen foods. Needs two or three feedings per day.
FYI: Should only be kept in aquaria with a deep sandbed as they bury themselves at night, and when so, may often disturb bottom dwelling corals such as brain corals and Heliofungia corals.
Will eat ornamental crustaceans and fanworms, and may pick on Tridacna clams.
A hardy species.
One male per aquarium.
May jump out of uncovered aquariums.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Coral Safe: Yes
Fish Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: With caution
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
Temperature Range: 70- 82°F (21 – 27°C)
Specific Gravity: 1.020 - 1.026
pH: 8.0 - 8.5