This bluish-white fish with a light yellow head is native to the tropical areas of the Atlantic Ocean. A very popular fish, it is also known as a Yellowheaded Jawfish. Like all jawfish, this fish constructs burrows in the sand substrate of the aquarium. When frightened, it can jump out of an open aquarium. It can spawn in captivity and if it does, the male will orally incubate the eggs until they hatch. This is a good fish for the beginner aquarist.
Size: 2" to 3"
No. in Tank: One or more. It does better in small colonies, being careful not to crowd the aquarium.
Tank: min. 20 gallons
Food: (Omnivore) Mainly a zoo-plankton eater, a varied diet is best in the aquarium. Include such things as krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam, mussel and frozen preparations. Offering a herbivore diet, on occasion, will benefit this fish. Feed 2 to 3 times daily.
Light: None. Turning the light off gradually will help prevent jumping from the aquarium.
Adaptation: Needs a thick sand bottom in order to burrow. Using sand mixed with pieces of shells and rubble will help this fish to burrow. Live sand is best. It is less likely to jump after constructing a burrow. Introduce multiple fish at the same time.
Compatibility: Excellent reef fish, they will not harm invertebrates (except possibly very small, delicate shrimp). May attack ornamental shrimp. Needs peaceful tank-mates
**GOOD FOR BEGINNER AQUARISTS