Fish Type: Miscellaneous
Scientific Name: Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides
Diet: Small Fish & Inverts, Usually doesn't eat
Minimum Tank Size: 150gal
Relative Care: Experts Only
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Sweetlips are a group of fish that get very large and need good sized tanks to be kept. Even though they’re large, they need peaceful tankmates. They usually aren’t the best eaters, and most of time, need to be fed live food to get them to begin eating. Small sizes for sale at LFS are usually juvenile, and when fully grown up, the adults look completely different, and in most cases are less colorful. This is a group that really should be left to advanced hobbyists or for public aquariums, as most of them die in a short time as they just can’t make the change over from being in the ocean to the home aquarium. Note: The Clown Sweetlips are fish that show up quite often in LFS and really shouldn’t be purchased as most, if not all, die either from not eating or being stressed out.