Blackeye Thicklip

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Blackeye Thicklip

This marine aquarium fish is known as Blackeye Thicklip and the correct latin name is Hemigymnus melapterus. The family that this marine fish species belongs to is called the Wrasses family. (e) Origin of this species is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

Although this fish is peaceful, it is not recommended for home aquariums.

Blackeye Thicklip can grow up to 90 cm what is approximately 35 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 10800cm2 of water surface which is approximately 1674 square inch. It is recommended to raise this species in fish tanks that are very large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is difficult to keep the Blackeye Thicklip fish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The pH level should be stable, varying between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for marine fish.

A juvenile specimen

Blackeye Thicklip picture; juvenile

An adult specimen

Blackeye Thicklip picture 1; adult specimen

Blackeye Thicklip picture 2; adult specimen

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Document modified on Fri Dec 14 9:49:10 UTC 2007
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