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Hawaiian Squirrelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Hawaiian Squirrelfish
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The Hawaiian Squirrelfish, also known as the Striped Squirrelfish, is one of the most common squirrelfish seen by scuba divers. It is bright red with thin, white horizontal stripes.

A 75 gallon or larger aquarium with large amounts of live rock, hiding places, and swimming room is recommended. It will do well with others of its own species as long as there is adequate hiding locations and adequate space. It will eat invertebrates such as worms, crustaceans, and serpent stars. It is a nocturnal fish and hides while the lights are on.

The diet should vary between live feeder shrimps, freeze-dried shrimps, and chopped marine meats.

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: Hawaiian Squirrelfish (Sargocentron xantherythrus, Sargocentron xantherythrum)

Family: Holocentridae

Range: Hawaiian Islands

Size: Up to 7 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: 75 gallon

Light: Low

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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