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Magpie Sweetlips

posted: 05/15/12
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Magpie Sweetlips
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The Magpie Sweetlips is also known as the Dogfish Black Picus. It has a unique color pattern which changes with growth. In juveniles, the upper body is jet black with large white saddles. As the fish matures, the black areas will have white spots on the stomach, back, and caudal fin (tail).

A 150 gallon or larger, preferably reef aquarium with plenty of hiding places and ample swimming room is required, due to its size and eating habits. It grows at a rapid pace to almost three feet adult length. It is not considered aggressive toward its tank mates.

The Magpie Sweetlips prefer to feed near "darkness" and the diet should consist of meaty fresh or frozen prepared foods. Once acclimated to the tank, most marine carnivore preparations will be acceptable.

Fish Facts

Name: Magpie Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus picus)

Family: Haemulidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 35 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: No

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 150 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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