|Latin name||Hypselodoris bullockii|
|Family||Nudibranchia - Hypselodoris|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, Australia, Indonesia|
|Max length||cm (")|
|Minimum volume||0 cm (0 gal)|
|Suitable for aquarium||Not suitable for home aquarium|
|Reef safe||Reef safe with caution|
It is recommended that this species be kept by experienced aquarists as it requires specialized food for its continual survival.
Nudibranches which are occasionally offered for sale, are extremely colourful. Unfortunately they require a very special diet to survive in an aquarium, and are therefore not well suited to tank life.
Many species will eat different kinds of corals, mostly soft corals like Sarcophyton and Zoa, but also Montipora for example, while other species will eat certain sponges or invertebrates.
The Nudibranch family includes the infamous Zoa- and Montipora eating snails, which are both small and easy overlooked.
These animals are often very poisonous, which their colour and lack of shell indicate.
Ronald L. Shimek. 2005. Beautiful, but Unwelcome; Aeolid Nudibranchs in the Reef Aquarium - Reefkeeping Magazine - (English)
Ronald L. Shimek. 2004. Marine Invertebrates (PocketExpert Guide) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Robert Toonen. 2004. Aquarium Invertebrates: Sea Slugs - Part 1, Part II - Advanced Aquarist - (English)
Bob Fenner. The Stomach-Footed Mollusks, Class Gastropoda, Subclass Opisthobranchia, Sea Slugs - Wet Web Media - (English)
1998-2010. The Sea Slug Forum - Australian Museum - (English)
Nathan Hill. 2011. Sea slugs: The great taboo - Practical Fishkeeping - (English)
"Minimum volume" indicates the size of the tank needed to house this species under optimal conditions.
This is based on a medium size animal, which you want to keep for several years.
It might be possible to keep smaller specimens for a limited period in a smaller tank. A larger tank might be needed for fully-grown specimens.
"Hardiness" indicates how resistant this species is to disease and how well i tolerates bad conditions in general.
Some species doesn't handle transportation very well, but that doesn't mean that the species isn't hardy under the right conditions.
In this case, a "normal" aquarium is a reef aquarium with mixed corals or a fish only aquarium with an approximately salinity of 1.026 (sg) and a temperature close to 26°C.
Species requiring more than a 4000-liter tank are considered not suitable for home aquarium.
Special aquariums may cover tanks with low salinity, sub-tropical temperature, deep sand bed, sea grass etc.
Always reef safe: No sources indicate that this species will harm corals or other invertebrates.
Often reef safe: Only a few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species with corals and other invertebrates.
Reef safe with caution: This species may be a threat to some types of invertebrates.
Reef safe with luck: Most specimens will harm corals and/or other invertebrates, but you might be lucky.
Not reef safe: This species is a threat to most corals and/or other invertebrates.