Squirrelfish have enormous eyes and mouths which both come in handy when you are a nighttime hunter. They can be found near coral reefs around the world, often in groups. Most types of Squirrelfish are colored a shade of red or orange, are covered with large scales and have prominent spines in their dorsal fins. When full grown they range in size from 5 inches up to 18 inches in length. Spending most of the day hiding in caves, Squirrelfish come out under the cover of darkness and prey on other fishes and small crustaceans.
Squirrelfish are generally hardy candidates for the marine aquarium, although they do require a large tank with lots of rocks and crevices for hiding. Their diet should include a variety of fresh and prepared meaty foods such as shrimp, fish, crab, etc. and it is best to feed them at night under subdued lighting.
Squirrelfish are usually peaceful and can be kept in small groups. They get along with most other fishes but should not be kept with any that are small enough for them to swallow.
Breeding Squirrelfish is extremely challenging. It is difficult to differentiate between the sexes and little is known about their reproductive habits.
TankConditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Compatibility: Squirrelfish, tangs and surgeons, live corals, live rock, sand.