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*This fish is a marine species*

The Harlequin Tuskfish is a Wrasse and a fish of colourful beauty and impressive teeth. Suited well to life in the aquarium, the Harlequin Tuskfish is easy to keep. They are a fast growing species and do well in a fish only aquarium. Harlequin tuskfish are protogenous hermaphrodites and can change sex over the course of their lives

Native to the Western Pacific Ocean.


Features of Harlequin Tuskfish:

  • Mature into a colourful fish with a "harlequin" like appearance with vertical orange stripes.
  • Grows up to 25cm
  • Care level: Easy
  • Large blue tusk-like teeth 


Tank Mate Compatibility:

Here’s a list of some of the best tank mates for your Harlequin Tuskfish:

  • Tangs
  • Trigger Fish
  • Angelfish
  • Puffers
  • Eels

They can be aggressive towards other species of Wrasse, and will make a snack of other small fish & invertebrates. Keep with other large semi-aggressive species.


Harlequin Tuskfish are carnivores therefore their diet should consist of a variety of meaty foods. They feed well in the aquarium and should be fed a variety of live, frozen, and prepared brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, blood worms, chopped fish, and other marine foods.




Harlequin Tuskfish require a minimum tank size of approximately 200L with plenty of rock & structure to hide in. They are good jumpers, so ensure your aquarium is covered securely.

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Harlequin Tuskfish prefer water temperatures between 25°C - 28°C.

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Replicate natural conditions with artificial lighting (8-10 hours of light every 24 hours.) 

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Filtration & Water Movement:

Harlequin Tuskfish require good filtration and water quality. They enjoy moderate water movement and good oxygenation.

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This species does not have specific requirements for aquarium substrate. We recommend the use of aragonite or coral sand from fine to coarse grades to replicate their natural environment and encourage healthy beneficial bacteria colonies. 

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Decorations for Harlequin Tuskfish:

Harlequin Tuskfish can be shy when first introduced to the aquarium, and will feel more secure with hiding spaces. Provide lots of live rock, structure and rocky overhangs for hiding spaces. 

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