Purple Tilefish (Hoplolatilus purpureus) Care
The Purple Tilefish, Hoplolatilus purpureus, is also known as the Purple Sand Tilefish. These fish come from the Indo-West Pacific region. They have a long, slender body that is a pretty pink-purple color. The upper and lower lobes of the tail are rimmed in red. These fish are notorious jumpers and should be kept in a tank with a lid.
These fish are carnivores and require a diet rich in both meaty foods, such as mysis and brine shrimp and finely chopped seafood.
The Purple Tilefish can grow to be about 6″ and can be housed in aquariums as small as 50 gallons with live rock and fine sand areas for them to create burrows.
They have been known to eat smaller fish and invertebrates, but are coral safe.