Found in the Western Pacific, this fish is also called a Bali Tiger, Gold-specs and Goldspot Jawfish. It has orange and brown alternating vertical bars on the body with orange around the eye and a black dot on the front dorsal fin. This hardy fish frightens easily. When this happens it can jump from its aquarium if it is open. This is a burrowing fish. A good fish for the beginner aquarist.
Size:2 1/2" to 3 1/2"
No. in Tank: This fish does better in a colony, but all must be introduced together and care must be taken so as not to crowd the aquarium.
Tank: min. 20 gallons
Food: (Omnivore) Mainly feeds on zoo-plankton. Needs a varied diet in the aquarium including krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clams and mussels. Occasionally, it is good to offer a herbivore diet. Feed 2 to 3 times a day.
Light: None. Gradually turning off the lighting will help prevent this fish from jumping out of an open aquarium when frightened.
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