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Spotted Sweetlips
Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: 2.5-3.5 inches
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Mysis, Grass Shrimp
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 4+ hours
Coral Safe:
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:
  
  

The Spotted Sweetlips is commonly referred to as the Clown Sweetlips or Harlequin Sweetlips. The Spotted Sweetlips changes its color as it matures, and during its juvenile stage it has a brown base body along with large white dots, whereas the adult has a body color change to white and black dots. The Spotted Sweetlips is not considered easy to care for, but still looks good in a community aquarium and should only be kept by advanced saltwater aquarists. The Spotted Sweetlips grows up to 24 inches in the wild but is usually imported at about 2-3 inches and smaller specimens need to be kept in a tank not less than 50 gallons along with plenty of hiding spots. The Spotted Sweetlips thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. It can be fed a variety of meaty foods, but initially it is best to entice it to eat by feeding some live shrimp. The Spotted Sweetlips grows very fast, thus needs a larger tank to provide plenty of swimming space. The Spotted Sweetlips might feed on smaller crustaceans, serpent stars, small snails present in the tank, that is why it may considered reef safe but with caution. The Spotted Sweetlips is peaceful in nature and should not be kept with predatory or aggressive fish.

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