The Big Eye Soldierfish is commonly referred to as the Popeye Catalufa Soldier fish. With vivid red colored body and thin white outlines on its fin, it makes a captivating and gorgeous addition to any tank. The Big Eye Soldierfish has large eyes with a dark pupil in the centre to allow increased light reception and also makes it stand out of the crowd. Although it is not considered a social fish, it has been observed schooling with as many as 36 other fish. The Big Eye Soldierfish is a shy, secretive fish that can easily be stressed and when stressed it makes clicking and grunting noises. It needs a tank not less than 50 gallons along with plenty of live rocks for hiding as it mostly prefers to conceal themselves from the predators and other aggressive fishes. The Big Eye Soldierfish eats invertebrates such as worms, crustaceans and serpent stars that is why it is not considered a reef safe species. When introduced, the The Big Eye Soldierfish should be entice first with some live saltwater feeder shrimp, and then its diet should include feeder shrimp, freeze dried shrimp, and chopped marine meats. The Big Eye Soldierfish thrives well a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. It is easy to handle and care that makes a good choice for a beginner aquarist. Be cautious while handling this Big Eye Soldierfish that exhibits preopercle spines that are venomous, are present near the gill-opening, can inflict painful wounds. This Big Eye Soldierfish species has been known for its ability to swim upside down. It should never be housed with the horse-eye jack, West Atlantic trumpetfish and the Nassau grouper.
The Big Eye Squirrel, a.k.a. Soldierfish, are bright red with very large eyes. These large eyes help them to see better in the dark as they are usually found in large schools beneath ledges or in dark cave recesses. They should be provided with overhangs which they can lurk beneath.