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Bluehead Tilefish

posted: 05/15/12
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Bluehead Tilefish
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The Bluehead Tilefish is also known as the Starck's Tilefish, Blueface Tilefish, Blue Tilefish, and Blue Jaw Tilefish. The head of this fish is blue, and the body a pale yellow.

A hardy fish, it needs a tank of at least 50 gallons with at least 3 inches of mixed substrate for burrowing, and a tight-fitting lid to prevent escape. It prefers to associate with members of its own species as tank mates and needs a lot of swimming room for its very active lifestyle.

The Bluehead Tilefish has been known to spawn successfully while in an aquarium.

A diet providing a variety of marine fish, crustacean flesh, and mysid or brine shrimp will give the Bluehead Tilefish the nutrition it needs when fed three times per day.

Fish Facts

Name: Bluehead Tilefish (Hoplolatilus starcki)

Family: Malacanthidae

Range: Western and South Pacific

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: Yes

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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