Species group: Grunts and Sweetlips
Other common names: Spotted Sweetlips; Clown Sweetlips
Scientific name: Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides
The Harlequin Sweetlips is found in the western Indian Ocean, from Samoa to southern Japan and south to Australia. It inhabits waters up to 100 feet in depth and feeds on mollusks, crustaceans and small fish. The are relatively inactive during the day, and at night they congregate and hover underneath ledges and feed. In aquariums, Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides do best in groups of three or more. When housed in a reef aquarium, the Harlequin Sweetlips eats small crustaceans, fireworms, snails and polychaete worms.
Harlequin Sweetlips are silvery white with yellow fins and lips. As juveniles, they are covered in horizontal black stripes. As adults they are covered in black spots. Their name is derived from their large yellow lips. They have flimsy large fins with which they swim in a peculiar, slow manner.
This fish does best in a 150-gallon or larger aquarium with ample swimmning room and hiding places. It grows rapidly to almost 3 feet in length. When housed in a reef aquarium, the Harlequin Sweetlips eats small crustaceans, fireworms, snails, and polychaete worms.
color pattern, large fowlr tank, striking fish
feeding issue, community fish, invertebrates, shy fish
Very intense, uses a lot of energy
Metal halides were the go-to lighting fixtures in reef-keeping. They are very bright but give off a lot of heat and require a big ballast to start up. I've had over 15 reef tanks that used MH bulbs. Some aquarists with really deep reef tanks use them but most hobbyists go with modern LED reef lighting. You have to replace them every year because the light quality (spectrum) declines over time. Reef LED fixtures provide enough intensity and the right color spectrum for stony corals. LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy and runs much cooler..
From James 508 days ago