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The Shy Hamlet, Hypoplectrus guttavarius, has a yellow head and fins. Most of it's remaining body is black or blue, with the snout having a small black patch edged in bright blue. Hamlets can be found in a variety of colors. A great choice for adding a bit of color to your tank. The morphology and coloring of the fish varies across its range. This Hamlet is a native of coral reefs in Western Central Atlantic Ocean: Florida, Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and Honduras.
The Shy Hamlet can grow to be 5 inches and should be kept in a tank no less than 40 gallons. They can become shy, especially when first introduced to the tank so we suggest having plenty of live rock and caves created to help this fish feel safe in it's new environment. Like other Hamlets, though they are peaceful in nature, they will nip at and eat smaller ornamental Shrimp and even smaller fish as they grow larger. Tank mates should be large enough not to be eaten, but also peaceful. They are also best kept individually as they do not get along with other Hamlets. Once acclimated, the Shy Hamlet is the most hardy of the Hamlets and will become an ideal addition to your tank.
The Shy Hamlet is carnivorous and should be feed a diet of live vitamin enriched Mysis and Brine Shrimp, as well as finely chopped frozen or fresh meaty foods such as Squid, Shrimp, Clam, Krill and Fish and Crustacean flesh. Feeding twice daily for continued health. They will thrive in a temperature range of 72 - 80°F and a pH of 8.1-8.4.
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