Candy Snapper (Lachnolaimus maximus)
The Candy Snapper is reddish to silvery pink in color, with irregular yellow lines on its sides. Some specimens may have a greenish hue and diffused vertical barring. Adults will have a black spot located below the anterior portion of the soft dorsal fin that touches the lateral line.
Candy snappers typically inhabit coral reef and sandy areas with abundant vegetation. Juvenile fish are often spotted inshore on shallow reefs of seagrass beds.
Western Atlantic: from North Carolina to southern Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Mature Candy Snapper often found in large aggregations, especially during the spawning season.
Usually ignores corals but will eat small fish and invertebrates. These fish grow large – up to 36 cm (14 in).
Proaquatix specimens have been weaned to accept a nutritionally complete pelletized diet. Freshly frozen invertebrates such as ocean plankton, Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and chopped squid will be readily accepted.