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posted: 05/15/12
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The High-Hat, also known as Hi-Hat, has a shimmering silvery body marked by dark horizontal stripes and a tall anterior dorsal fin.

It requires a peaceful community in a 70 gallon or larger aquarium with a sandy bottom, and abundant hiding places. It tends to hide during the acclimation process to the new aquarium until it feels secure.

Regular meals consisting of a variety of live items such as black worms and brine shrimp and prepared meaty items should bring it out of hiding. The High-Hat will comb the sandy bottom looking for worms, crustaceans, and small fish if it is hungry. It may even eat the occasional fireworm.

Like other drums, they are generally found in schools and are carnivores, feeding on invertebrates and small fish. They get their common name from the sound they make using their swimbladder as a resonating chamber.

Fish Facts

Name: High-Hat (Equetus acuminatus)

Family: Sciaenidae

Range: Western Atlantic

Size: Up to 9 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: No

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 70 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

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