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fish or Equetus
are members of the family Sciaenidae
more commonly referred to as the drum family. This species is
endemic to the western Atlantic
and the Caribbean Sea.
distinctive looking creature’s name is a direct reference to
shape. Its elongated dorsal fin and slender tail region give the
the general shape of the letter U resembling a half opened pocket
extended dorsal fin has also lead to the fish being called a highhat.
species has three evenly spaced black vertical bars on its body.
yellow and black. As the fish matures it will loose its yellow
Adults have silver bodies. This is not a particularly rare fish.
exotic appearance, this species is not commonly found in home
is a relatively large fish. It will reach up to 10 inches in
length as an adult. A minimum tank size of 55 gallons is recommended
it with adequate room. A 75 gallon tanks is considered ideal. This is a
timid, peace loving creature and will require plenty of hiding places
intend to raise one in a community setting. It
may very well remain hidden from its tank mates
until it builds up the confidence to
venture out into its new surroundings. Housing it in a refugium will
it feel more secure and reduce its general stress levels upon initial
introduction. Despite its demean nature this fish will demonstrate
territorial behavior towards members of its own species. This can be
by adding more than one of this species to their new surroundings
simultaneously. This species is not a suitable candidate for a marine
aquarium. Its diet in its natural habitat consists of many of the
typically found in a reef tank. It will view your ornamental
crustaceans as a
source of nutrition.
carnivorous. Getting them to start feeding when they are
newly captured can prove problematic. They may be traumatized. Or there
distinct possibility that they simply don’t recognize marine
fish foods as a
source of nutrition. Providing the fish with dietary choices similar to
would eat in nature will aid in its acclimation. Offering it live brine
bloodworms may tempt it to start eating. Having an adequate supply of
rock will also simulate its native feeding grounds. It will
eventually figure out that frozen
products, pellets and flake food developed for marine carnivores are a
legitimate food source. Chopped fresh sea food such as shrimp and squid
help provide a well balanced diet.
the wild, these fish comb through
sandy ocean floor in search of fireworms and polychaete worms. A sand
will prevent this creature form accidentally inflicting injury upon
itself. Living sand will provide it with
a natural source of nutrition similar to what it is accustomed to
Remember this is a skittish creature. You will want to avoid mixing it
more aggressive species and forcing it to compete for its food.
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