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.
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.