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Clown Sweetlips
Alternative Name(s): Harlequin Sweetlips
Scientific Name(s): Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides
Category: Marine Fish
Difficulty:
Maximum Size: 72cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 760 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 170 Gallons
Water Temperature Range: 22-26°C

General Information: A delicate species, with gorgeous camouflage patterns and an unusual swimming behaviour. They paddle with their pectoral fins and undulate their body.
Tank Requirements: SALINITY SG: 1.020 - 1.025
Diet Requirements: May require live shrimp or black worms to encourage to feed. Once eating is established the usual carnivorous marine frozen foods eg mysid shrimp can be given. Feed 2-3 times a day.
Compatibility: Small sweetlips will be fine in a community tank with inverts but as it grows will start to be a threat to snails, polychaete worms, ornamental crustaceans including shrimp, and serpent stars.
Recommendations: Juveniles can be housed together, but adults become very large.
Common Problems: Juveniles tend to starve in captivity and must not be kept with aggressive tank mates. Some varieties get very large over time. Very often wild caught using chemicals which have a delayed effect on their health. This can explain a sudden death as a captive juvenile.
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