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Porkfish
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Anisotremus virginicus

Porkfish

Quick Stats:   Porkfish

Family: Haemulidae
Range: Western Atlantic
Size: Up to 12 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants
Reef Compatible: No
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Minimum Tank Capacity: 70 gallon
Light: High
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: No specific level
Care Level: Easy
Reproduction: Egg Layer

The Porkfish, which originates from the Western Atlantic has a yellow head and fins accenting a silver-gray base with two black vertical stripes. It is a peaceful fish that makes a wonderful addition to a peaceful saltwater fish-only aquarium.

A 75 gallon or larger aquarium with abundant open space to swim is required. Several Porkfish, in a school, would be suitable if there is enough room in the aquarium. It prefers to hover around reefs and needs a cave or ledge for refuge. The Porkfish has been known to occasionally pick parasites from the bodies of tank mates. Do not house the Porkfish with aggressive species, and adults should be the first to be introduced into a community tank. The Porkfish is not a good candidate for a reef aquarium, as it will readily consume any crabs, snails, shrimp and starfish.

The diet of the Porkfish consists of a variety of meaty foods such as chopped shrimp, marine fish flesh, prepared frozen food for carnivores, and vegetable matter.

 

Photo courtesy of T.F.H. Publications, publishers of the Burgess Atlas.

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