Red Goatfish

Red Goatfish

Parupeneus multifasciatus


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Care Facts

Size: 1.5-2.5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Monitor
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: No
The Red Goatfish, Parupeneus multifasciatus, also known as the Manybar Goatfish has a black/red body bisected by a thick cream-colored line and muted black lines. Like other goatfish species, the Red Goatfish has beard-like appendages called "barbels" dangling off of their lower lip used to probe the sand for sources of food. 
Caring for a goatfish is slightly nuanced but not difficult. They require a tank of at least 100 gallons and plenty of free and open swimming space. Tanks should also have a sandy substrate allowing the Red Goatfish to sift through the sand with its barbels in search of food. Due to this activity, the Red Goatfish can actually be a beneficial tank member as a sand sifter. They are best housed with non-aggressive fish.

What does a Red Goatfish eat?

The Red Goatfish eats a carnivorous diet consisting of crustaceans, clams, worms, but will readily accept frozen meaty foods such as brine or mysis shrimp. They should be fed 3-4 times per day. 

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