Armed Perchlet

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Plectranthias inermis - Randall, 1980
Armed Perchlet

A small, attractive speces that's perfect for a nano-reef tank. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Unlike their close relatives the anthias, which spend their time swimming in the water column, the perchlets rest on the seafloor. They are often secretive, hiding among the coral rubble and coming out to hunt small crustaceans and tiny fishes.

Family: Serranidae

Other common name(s):

  • Geometric Hawkfish
  • Red Blotched Perchlet

Native range:

Habitat: This species is found in deep coastal and inner reef drop-offs.

Maximum length: 5 cm (2 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 38 L (10 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including frozen seafood. May require live ghost shrimp to initiate a feeding response.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

As a result of their small size, they are perfect for a nano-reef tank. They are prone to being eaten or picked on by predators or more aggressive tankmates. If housed with bullies, they spend most, if not all, of their time cowering under shelter and failing to feed. Do not mix them with big dottybacks, hawkfishes, aggressive damsels, pugnacious wrasses, sand perches, or triggerfishes.

[edit] Notes

They are quite shy, hiding in rocky recesses most of the time when first added to the tank. But as they adjust, they spend more time in the open.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Armed PerchletRDF feed
Common name Armed Perchlet  +, Geometric Hawkfish  +, and Red Blotched Perchlet  +
Family Serranidae  +
Genus Plectranthias  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 2 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 10 gal  +
Native range Indo-West Pacific  +, Christmas Island  +, Philippines  +, and Indonesia  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name inermis  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +