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Pearly Jawfish
Opistognathus aurifrons
Pearly Jawfish
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The Pearly Jawfish is commonly referred to as the Yellowhead Jawfish or Yellow-headed Pearly Jawfish. It features a yellow head with light blue-green body, which adds a beautiful splash of color into the tank. The Pearly Jawfish grows up to 4-5 inches in the aquarium, and overall it is a cute fish with a great personality. It is moderately hardy and is best to keep along with docile fishes, since it is shy in nature. But if it is kept in a moderate aquarium, the Pearly Jawfish can be kept along with other fishes also. Since it spends much of its time in its burrow, the aquarium should contain 5-7 inches of fine soft substrate. It looks lovely when the Pearly Jawfish dances up and down in the burrow. It is known to be a good jumper so it should be kept in a covered aquarium. Since it is a mouth breeder, the male Pearly Jawfish will hold the eggs in his mouth. It is typically a shy feeder and should be enticed with small pieces of mussel, daphnia, brine sgrimp, bloodworms, or other meaty foods. We recommend you to feed them near the burrow, since the Pearly Jawfish is a quiet fish. It should be kept in a tank greater than 10 gallons and thrives well in a temperature range of 72-82 degrees Fahrenheit. The Pearly Jawfish doesn?t bother other tank inhabitants and that is why it is considered reef compatible fish.
This little started burrowing right away! Really cute to see him "standing" outside of his hole. He's very curious and industrious. Nice pearly sheen on him too.
Reviewed by:  Emily Huang from Reno. on 2/15/2014
An incredible fish to keep in any peaceful environment. The slender Jawfish will move sand from the substrate and dig a burrowing hole to live within. Often times this fish will use a shell as it's door to the hole. Their head will pop out of their hole looking for food and predators. Upon seeing food they will float out of their hole in a standing motion to grab the food and then rush back into their home. Their body is white in color with yellow on their head. They have large eyes giving them an "alien" appearence. More than one can be kept per tank. These fish are also jumpers, so precautions should be taken to secure openings at the top of the aquarium.Gobies compose one of the largest family of fish in the ocean. These small fish live around reefs or on sandy flats. Many of the Gobies are known for their burrowing behavior. These fish use burrows in the sand for safety. Some of the Goby species are known to share their burrows with Pistol Shrimp; behavior that can be duplicated in the home aquarium. Most Gobies have cupped ventral fins that nearly join just below their gill plates that serve as perching mechanisms so the Goby can always be on the lookout in a resting position. The Goby is a tremendous addition to the home aquarium.
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