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Purple Tilefish
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Purple Tilefish (Hoplolatilus purpureus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Purple, Red
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 6"
Origin Indonesia, Vanuatu
Family Malacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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Overview

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 is known to spawn successfully in an aquarium.

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

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium 3" to 4" Large 4" to 6"

Customer Testimonials

George Shayne Pacific Grove , CA
This fish is a jumper. Make sure there are no openings on the top cover and be careful when opening for feeding. 
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