Sea Hare

Species information for the Sea Hare, in the Nudibranch category.

  1. Scientific name - Aplysia sp.

    Family - Aplysidae

    Common name – Dwarf Sea hare

    Max Size – 12 in (27 cm)

    Range - Indo-Pacific

    Care Level – Difficult

    Temperament – Peaceful

    Foods and feeding – This nudibranch will eat algae in the aquarium but prefers to eat species of Caulerpa algae.

    Aquarium suitability -

    Reef compatibility – Yes

    Captive care – This nudibranch requires a large aquarium with shaded portions. It likes a large sandbed and live rock on which to graze. If the Sea Hare eats all the available algae you can supplement its diet, or consider moving it to a new algae filled aquarium. If startled it can release a purple dye, which is toxic and will need to be removed immediately, usually by an activated carbon filter. Like all inverts, nudibranches require pristine water conditions and small amounts of nitrates or copper are fatal to them.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2011
    little_fish, Jan 20, 2011