Known also as a Half-N-Half and a Swarthy Head Goatfish, it is native to the shallow bays and lagoons in the Indo-Pacific Ocean area. It has a body nearly split in half in coloration. The front, anterior end is a deep red, while the back, posterior half is white with bits of yellow through out. There are two white stripes that run back from the head. Like all goatfish, it has two very strong barbels or whiskers on its chin. These are used to sense prey and for digging. As juveniles, they learn to use these to stir up the substrate.
Size: sm. 1"-3"; med. 3"-4"; lg. 4"-6"
No. in Tank: Can place more than one as long as they are introduced to the aquarium together.
Tank: min. 20 gallon
Food: (Carnivore) In the wild they mainly eat benthic invertebrates (those closest to the bottom of the water). In the aquarium, they need a varied diet including fresh and frozen preparations. The juveniles need to be feed several times a day. The adults, 2 to 3 times a day.
Adaptation: Need a lot of room to swim, mainly at the bottom of the tank, and a sand substrate, preferable live sand.
Compatibility: They do best with non-aggressive tank-mates. Prefer to have live sand. Harmless to coral, but may eat shrimp.