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Harlequin Tuskfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Harlequin Tuskfish
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The Harlequin Tuskfish has orange stripes with blue margins, and tusks used to crunch invertebrates.

A 55 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of hiding places and moderately aggressive fish such as Angels, Tangs, and Triggers is an acceptable environment. Keep only one specimen per tank. It will cause havoc with a reef aquarium by eating all of the small crustaceans.

The diet of the Harlequin Tuskfish should include live foods such as black worms and feeder shrimp, and prepared meaty foods such as chopped fresh or frozen seafoods.

Like other wrasse, they are generally compatible with: Large Angelfish, Boxfish, Damselfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

They are not compatible with: Batfish, Pseudochromis, Seahorses & Pipefish and Sharks & Rays.

Fish Facts

Name: Harlequin Tuskfish (Lienardella fasciata)

Family: Labridae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 10 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: With caution

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 55 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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