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Yellowsaddle Goatfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Yellowsaddle Goatfish
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The Yellowsaddle Goatfish is also referred to as the Yellow Goatfish, or Goldsaddle Goatfish. It is a solid golden-yellow color from head to tail.

A 125 gallon or larger aquarium with large areas to swim, and some hiding places is required. The young Yellowsaddle Goatfish may sift the sandy bottom of the tank in search of invertebrates to eat. The older Yellowsaddle Goatfish is prone to eat small crustaceans, fish, and worms.

The diet should consist of a variety of meaty items fed at least four times daily.

Like other goatfish, 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.

Fish Facts

Name: Yellowsaddle Goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus, Parupeneus cyclostoma)

Family: Mullidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 20 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: 125 gallon

Light: Low

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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