Grunts And Sweetlips

Grunts really do grunt and Sweetlips do have big luscious lips! These unusual marine fishes come from the same family and are related to Snappers. Many species are colorful and decorated with bold stripes and spots.

Grunts And Sweetlips fish

Picture: Jackknife fish.

However, be warned that the juvenile form of Grunts and Sweetlips looks quite different from the adults.

They can be found in the Indo-Pacific as well as the Atlantic near coral reefs and rocky outcroppings where they feed on worms, crustaceans and other invertebrates.

These are by no means small fish -when full grown most types of Grunts and Sweetlips will reach a length between 1 to 3 feet.

These fish should definitely be kept only by more experienced aquarists. A very large tank is required for Grunts and Sweetlips; they do best when kept in small groups and need to be provided with lots of rocks and caves to hide in.

They can be shy and may prefer to come out only when it is dark at first. They may also refuse to eat unless offered live foods such as feeder shrimp.

Once they have been acclimated Grunts and Sweetlips should be fed a varied diet of fresh and prepared meaty foods such as shrimp, clams, worms, etc. Being peaceful fish, they should be kept with other non-aggressive species; however, they should not be kept with fish that are small enough for them to swallow.

With Grunts and Sweetlips, not only is it difficult to keep them alive in captivity but it is even more challenging to successfully breed them.

TankConditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12

Compatibility: Foxface and rabbitfish, hogfish, parrotfish, pseudochromis, puffers, squirrelfish, tangs and surgeons, live corals, live rock, sand.

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