Harlequin Tusk

Harlequin Tusk

The Harlequin Tusk is discovered from within the reefs of the Australian and Indian Oceans. This fish has one of the most fantastic colourations, which involves white and orange vertical stripes that are highlighted in electric blue. Additionally, another unique attributes it holds is bright blue teeth that looks amazing whilst it eats. 

This fish requires at least a 400 litre aquarium full of hiding places and caves within the live rock. It is a very aggressive and active eater and therefore should be housed with other active fish such as angels, triggers and puffers. This is a great fish for a reef tank as it should not nip at any of the corals, however will most certainly eat clean up crew members. 

Despite their flamboyant colourings, this fish can actually be quite shy whilst they are juveniles, however as they begin to mature they will start to show a lot more personality and unique behaviour patterns.  

The Harlequin Tusk thrives on a varied diet. This diet should include most meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp, as well as a range of pellets and flakes. 

Minimum Tank Size400 Litres
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 10"
Colour Form: Blue, Orange
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Labridae
Origin: Australia, Indonesia

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. This is a prize fish for a FOWLR tank; a lot of personality, when he is hungry watch out!!! Mine has beautiful markings – I would not trade him for anything.

  2. A very attractive fish that swims around the whole tank, very active. Will hold his own with most fish. Is a good eater and has great color and personality. The Australian variety is much more colorful than the Indian one.

  3. I love my harlequin tusk, but be careful as although mine is reef safe, others have not been so lucky. Also mine does eat any inverts that are in the tank, but has left my extra large hermit crabs untouched, so its probably the fact that if it will fit in its mouth it will eat them. Otherwise, an amazing fish that eats fantastically well and brings a lovely amount of unique colour as well.

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