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19 April, 2008

Big Eye Squirrelfish

Big eye Squirrelfish

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Priacanthidae
Binomial Name: Myripristis species

General Information:
The Big Eye Squirrelfish is an excellent addition to a peaceful Fish Only system. With it's large eyes and downturned mouth, the Big Eye Squirrelfish appears to be constantly frowning. This fish is very hardy and can be kept singly but prefers schools. Provide them overhangs and caves.


The Big Eye Squirrelfish is primarily a nocturnal animal, feeding during the night, and spending most of the day hiding out under coral heads on the reef. This is the squirrelfish, one of many fishes found on the Flower Garden Banks and Stetson Bank year round.

Although you may see the Big Eye Squirrelfish during the day (especially if you spend some time looking under ledges and in holes), you are much more likely to spot them during a night dive. The large eyes of the Big Eye Squirrelfish are especially designed to maximize ambient light on the reef at night.

The red pigment in the Big Eye Squirrelfish is a bit more complicated. When light passes through water, certain wavelengths can penetrate further than others. Red happens to be one of the colors least able to reach any appreciable depth. Therefore, a fish that is primarily red will look gray or black, and will blend in quite nicely with the background of the reef, especially at night when there is little light to begin with.

Do not handle this fish with a net as it can be easily damaged by the material. It prefers a dimly lit tank. Very nice bright red coloration, the Big Eye Squirrelfish is a low maintenance fish. It may act peacefully toward other fish. This is a hardy fish

Maximum Size: The Big Eye Squirrelfish grows up to 9 inches.
General Size: The big Eye Squirrelfish generally comes from 2 to 7 inches

Minimum Tank Size: The Big Eye Squirrelfish prefers a tank of at least 60 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.

Tank Conditions:
The Big Eye Squirrelfish should ideally be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A pH value of 8.1 or 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 should be maintained. When kept with invertebrates, the specific gravity range should be 1.020 to 1.025, for the invertebrate species. In a fish only aquarium, the specific gravity should fall between 1.020 and 1.023.

Habitat:
The Big Eye Squirrelfish is found on coral reefs of the Indo-West Pacific from southern Red Sea and East Africa to New Caledonia, north to southern Japan, south to Australia

Diet & Feeding:
The Big Eye Squirrelfish is an carnivore that can be fed a mixed diet of shrimp, squid, clams, fish, and other meaty fares suitable for carnivores, as well as marine algae and vitamin-enriched herbivore foods.

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