Aquarium Fish

Goldstriped Soapfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Goldstriped Soapfish
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The Goldstriped Soapfish, also known as the Golden Stripe Soapfish, Sixstripe Soapfish, or Skunk Fish, is black with horizontal uneven stripes.

A 50 gallon or larger aquarium is required. It should be kept as the single grouper in the aquarium with other larger fish. In addition to possibly eating tank mates, it has a poisonous mucus coat. When frightened, it releases the poison grammistin from the mucus which can kill other fish. This toxin is almost always found in the shipping water. Be sure not to add the shipping water to the aquarium.

The Goldstriped Soapfish prefers a diet of meaty foods such as krill, shrimp, and other small fish.

Like other groupers, they are generally compatible with: Large Angelfish, Eels, Lionfish & Scorpionfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Goldstriped Soapfish (Grammistes sexlineatus)

Family: Grammistidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 12 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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