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Porkfish

Greek Name: (Anisotremus virginicus)

$39.99

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The Porkfish comes from the Western Atlantic and has a yellow head and fins, with the base of silver-gray with vertical black stripes. They are tranquil fish that make a great option for a serene saltwater aquarium that is exclusively for fish.

A 180-gallon or bigger aquarium that has plenty of room for swimming is needed. If there are a lot of Porkfish in a group, appropriate space is needed. It is more likely to be found on reefs and requires an apex or cave for refuge. The Porkfish is known to sometimes pick parasites off the bodies of tankmates. Don’t keep the Porkfish with other species that are aggressive and adults are the ones to be added to the community tank. They’re not a great choice for reef aquariums, because they are able to eat all snails, crabs, shrimp, and starfish.

The Porkfish diet includes various meaty meals like cut shrimp, the flesh of marine fish, and frozen meals that are prepared for carnivores, as well as vegetables.

The fish will be in their juvenile colors. When the fish adapts to its aquarium and develops, the adult coloration will become apparent at around 4 to 5″ in length.

Approximate size of purchase: Small: 3/4″ to 1-1/2″; Medium: 1-1/2″ to 2″; Large: 2″ to 4″

 

Category:

Care Level

Easy

Temperament

Peaceful

Color Form

Black, Orange, White, Yellow

Diet

Omnivore

Reef Compatible

No

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size

1'

Origin

Caribbean

Family

Haemulidae

Minimum Tank

180 gallons

Description

Information about the Porkfish

The Atlantic porkfish comes from the Family Haemulidae, and fishes belonging to this family are often called by aquarists grunts. Grunts are referred to as grunts due to the fact that they make a “grunting” sound with their pharyngeal teeth as well as the swimming bladder (some sweetlips “grunt” too). Grunts belonging to the family Anisotremus are similar to those of the Atlantic porkfish are also known as the smallmouth grunts as well. The Atlantic porkfish is known to have an extremely small mouth. Although its mouth is tiny, however, the Atlantic porkfish can reach fifteen inches long. The adult fish requires an aquarium of at minimum 175 gallons and plenty of room for swimming.

 

Porkfish Diet

In the wild, Atlantic porkfish feeds mainly at night, eating a variety of crustaceans that live at the bottom, as well as other small animals (e.g. Echinoderms and annulids). in the tank, they can also consume small invertebrates such as ornamentals like hermit crabs. Juveniles can be cleaned by facultative cleaning and can eat parasites from other fishes. Give them Atlantic porkfish a diverse diet with meaty pieces from marine meat (e.g. fresh table shrimp squids or scallops.) and cooked meals (pellet or frozen) for carnivores.

Additional information

Size

Large, Medium, Small

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