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Malcolor Snapper

posted: 05/15/12
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Malcolor Snapper
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The Malcolor Snapper is also known as the Black Beauty, Black Snapper, or Black and White Snapper. It is an extremely fast-growing fish. As a juvenile, the bold black markings are noticeably crisp. With maturation, the black markings will begin to spread across the body and lose the crispness. As an adult, it tends to have a pale-gray color with a few lighter markings on the dorsal side.

A 200 gallon or larger aquarium with adequate swimming room is necessary for this very hardy fish. It is compatible with other fish in the tank, but may be bothered by those that nip on its long fins.

The Malcolor Snapper should be fed once a day with a diet consisting of various shaved or chopped meats such as (fish, crustaceans, scallops, and shrimp), and prepared frozen foods for carnivores.

Fish Facts

Name: Malcolor Snapper (Malcolor niger)

Family: Lutjanidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 26 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: 200 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Difficult

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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