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Yellowbanded Sweetlips
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(Plectorhinchus lineatus) Expert Peaceful 30" 480 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Carnivore Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, Vanuatu, Western Pacific Haemulidae Grunts Fish Only Yellowbanded Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus lineatus) are found throughout the barrier reefs and island reef slopes of the Western Pacific. Adults are typically found near coral slopes and seaward facing reefs, where they swim just above the reef looking for prey items and avoiding larger open water predators. Juvenile Yellowbanded Sweetlips live amongst the smaller reef fish species that make their home within the corals and plant life that comprise the coral reef. In nature adult Yellowbanded Sweetlips attain sizes upwards of 3 feet in length; however, aquarium specimens more often grow to between 28 to 30 inches in length. Yellowbanded Sweetlips are available within the aquarium hobby fairly often and are commonly seen in large commercial aquariums like those in hotels or restaurants. They are sold under a wide variety of common names which include: Oriental Sweetlips, Oblique-banded Sweetlips, Diagonol-banded Sweetlips, Goldmans Sweetlips, Lined Blubber-lips and Lined Sweetlips. Due to their large size they will need a large aquarium of somewhere around 400 to 500 gallons. An aquarium with a footprint of 8 x 4 feet or larger is preferable, as the Yellowbanded Sweetlips will grow to over 2 feet in length even within the aquarium environment. Like other large carnivore fish species, Sweetlips consume a lot of food and produce an equal amount of waste. Strong biological and mechanical filtration is critical, as are monthly partial water changes in order to keep down dissolved organics. While Yellowbanded Sweetlips are a peaceful species, there large size makes them destructive to corals and sessile invertebrates. They will also consume a wide variety of invertebrate species including worms, starfish, snails and many types of ornamental shrimp. Yellowbanded Sweetlips are best suited for large FOWLR aquariums or as a schooling species in very large aquariums housing sharks, rays or other large aggressive species. The large size of the Yellowbanded Sweetlips will keep predators like sharks, groupers or triggerfish from bother them In the wild their diet consists mostly of small crustaceans, starfish, snails and other similar prey items. Aquarium specimens should be fed a diet based of marine pellet, frozen foods and freeze-dried preparations designed for marine carnivores. When first introduced to the aquarium the Yellowbanded Sweetlips may have to be enticed to eat by providing them saltwater feeder shrimp or other similar live foods. However, they should quickly adjust to prepared meaty foods in multiple forms. Feed daily once or twice a day, and adjust feeding frequency based on their growth rate and overall girth.
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Clown Sweetlips
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(Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides) Expert Peaceful 30" 240 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Carnivore Indo-Pacific Haemulidae Grunts Fish Only The Clown Sweetlips or Harlequin Sweetlips is native to the Indo-Pacific and is typically found near reef slopes at depths ranging from 5 to 100 feet. The Clown Sweetlips is a remarkable species that completely changes appearance and swimming habits as it matures from a juvenile specimen to an adult. As a juvenile the Clown Sweetlips will mimic the undulating swimming habits of a noxious flatworm or nudibranch in order to deter predators from eating them, then as they mature their coloration and swimming motion will change completely as they grow into the adult grouper like shape and adult size of up to 30 inches in length. The Clown Sweetlips also have the ability to produce a grunting noise by grinding their pharyngeal teeth, which they can amplify with their swim bladders. The Clown Sweetlips is a great choice for the expert hobbyist and it will surely be the center of attention and conversation in very large reef or fish-only with live rock aquariums. The Clown Sweetlips requires an aquarium of at least 240 gallons and should be provided with plenty of live rock and hiding places (especially as a juvenile). They are known to be completely peaceful and should only be kept with passive and peaceful species (as juveniles they will easily be bullied by aggressive tank mates). In a reef environment they will not bother corals, but as they mature they will eat crustaceans, mollusks, polychaete worms, shrimp, small fish, and serpent starfish. Juveniles can be more reclusive during the day and will hide in caves and crevices within the rock work as well as around corals, but they will come out at night in search of food. The Clown Sweetlips is a nocturnal carnivore and can be a finicky eater (especially as a juvenile) when first introduced to an aquarium; they should initially be fed live brine shrimp, black worms and ghost shrimp (in order to trigger a feeding response). Once they are eating well and are comfortable within an aquarium, they can then be introduced to frozen or freeze-dried foods such as vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, and various prepared carnivore pellets and flake foods.
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