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Purple Tilefish

posted: 05/15/12
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Purple Tilefish
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The Purple Tilefish has an attractive solid lilac-purple body color with darker crimson-red markings highlighting a v-shape on the tail.

It requires a 50 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of swimming room, and at least 3 inches of mixed substrate for burrowing. It may be aggressive towards members of its own species but is peaceful with other fish.

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

The diet should include a variety of marine fish, crustacean flesh, and mysid shrimp, and it should be fed at least twice per day.

Like other gobies, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Anthias, Basslets, Batfish, Blennies, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Cardinalfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Filefish, Hawkfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Purple Tilefish (Hoplolatilus purpureus)

Family: Malacanthidae

Range: Western Pacific

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

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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