Aquarium Fish

Porkfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Porkfish
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The Porkfish has a yellow head and fins accenting a silver-gray base with two black vertical stripes.

A 75 gallon or larger aquarium with abundant open space to swim is required. Several Porkfish, in a school, would be suitable if there is enough room in the aquarium. It prefers to hover around reefs and needs a cave or ledge for refuge. The Porkfish has been known to occasionally pick parasites from the bodies of tank mates. Do not house the Porkfish with aggressive species, and adults should be the first to be introduced into a community tank.

The Porkfish diet consists of a variety of meaty foods such as chopped shrimp, marine fish flesh, prepared frozen food for carnivores, and vegetable matter.

There are almost 15,000 species of marine fish. The appearance, nutritional requirements, environmental needs, reproduction, compatibility with other marine creatures, and survival adaptations of these different species vary remarkably. To successfully maintain an aquarium, the aquarist needs to understand all of these aspects of a fish before considering adding the fish to the tank. Understanding these characteristics of a fish before acquiring it, and knowing from where it was obtained, is necessary to provide the conditions in which the fish can thrive.

Fish Facts

Name: Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus)

Family: Haemulidae

Range: Western Atlantic

Size: Up to 12 inches

Diet: Omnivore

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

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: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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