Triplefin - Blue Dot
Yellow orange head covered with large bright red spots back as far as the first dorsal fin. Upper half of body is a series of dark blue-black square areas, with an iridescent blue spot joining between each square. Smallest triple fin in NZ. Grows to about 5cm.
- Scientific Name: Notoclinops Caerulepunctus
- Habitat: Usually found in reef areas of broken rock. From rock pools andÂ sub-tidal areas down to 30 metres around the eastern side of theÂ Upper North Island
- Temperament: Peaceful,
- Tank Age/Maturity: Mature tank at least 6 months and a minimum of 100 litres.
- Diet: Require live food as in the wild they feed on small crustaceans suchÂ as amphipods. Â In the aquarium they can be fed on mysid shrimp,Â mosquito wrigglers, daphnia, whiteworms and hatched brineshrimp. Â Will also remove parasites from large fish
- Threatened Species: N/A
- Special Requirements: Â Keep only in a mature cycled aquarium. Â MustÂ have moderate to gentle currents as they are not strong swimmers andÂ to enable them to feed properly. Â Very hard to get to accept frozenÂ foods Â .Easily outcompeted for food by faster fish but do wellÂ with other less hardy triplefins, weedfish, pipefish and seahorses
- Endemic: Yes
- Size: 5cm