The juveniles of most Sweetlips species are pretty little fish with attractive colouring and markings. It is at this stage of their lives that we are most likely to acquire them. They will mostly grow into large specimens, and not always develop an adult form with the same attractive colours and behaviour they had as juveniles. Research their potential before making a purchase.
The Painted Sweetlips (diagramma pictum) is usually available as a well-grown juvenile, strikingly coloured. The occasionally offered babies have a delightful undulating swimming action. A good varied diet is essential for successful progress with this species.
The Harlequin Sweetlips (plectorhinchus chaetodonoides) starts life with this charming pattern of large white spots on a chocolate-brown body. As it matures the spots become more broken and smaller, and the brown colour deepens, yet still resulting in a very attractive sub-adult fish.