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Goatfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Goatfish are members of the Mullidae family which contains six genera: Mulloidichthys, Mullus, Parupeneus, Pseudupeneus, Upeneus, and Upeneichthys. They can be found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. They prefer sand bottoms near rocky substrate or coral reefs, in very shallow water, and are usually found in small groups. They are generally colorful fish with long bodies and forked tails.

Goatfish are scavengers, using the long barbels under their mouths to probe the sand or holes in the reef for invertebrates or small fish. When not actively searching for food, the barbels often lay flat against their chins. Goatfish tend to feed at night, and therefore, do best in low-lit aquariums. The diet should consist of chopped clams, brine fish, bloodworms, and prepared foods.

They are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anthias, Basslets, Batfish, Blennies, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Filefish, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Parrotfish, Pseudochromis, Puffers, Squirrelfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

Caution is required with: Anglers & Frogfish, Cardinalfish, Goatfish, Gobies, Groupers, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Triggerfish and Wrasse.

They are not compatible with: Eels, Seahorses & Pipefish and Sharks & Rays.

- Dash and Dot Goatfish

- Yellowsaddle Goatfish

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