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Blueline Squirrelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Blueline Squirrelfish
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The Blueline Squirrelfish, also known as the Tahitian Squirrelfish or Scarlet Fin Soldier, is bright red with thin, white horizontal stripes.

A 75 gallon or larger aquarium with generous amounts of live rock and plenty of room to swim provides a good setting. A small group is suitable as long as there are adequate hiding places and space in the aquarium. It is a nocturnal fish, hiding while the lights are on and waiting for the cover of darkness to swim in search of food. It will eat invertebrates such as worms (including fireworms), crustaceans, and serpent stars.

Its meals should vary between live feeder shrimps, freeze-dried shrimps, and chopped marine meats that will move in the water column.

Like other squirrelfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Anthias, Basslets, Batfish, Blennies, Boxfish, Clownfish, Filefish, Goatfish, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Parrotfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers, Squirrelfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Blueline Squirrelfish (Sargocentron tiere)

Family: Holocentridae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 9 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Rock or coral

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 75 gallon

Light: Low

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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