Fish Guide

Flying Fish   (Dactyloptena orientalis)
Family: Dactylopteridae (Helmet Gurnards)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 146 ft.   Size: 15 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 180+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Amphipods, crabs, mantis shrimp, bivalves, small benthic fish
Natural History: The Flying Fish is found on shallow sand flats and slopes where it cruises the bottom to find food. It is generally observed singly, resting or swimming near the sand. It has been observed to partially bury itself in the sand.
Husbandry: The Flying Fish should be kept in an open-bottom sand-bottom aquarium. There should be minimal decor in the aquarium. Low-traffic areas are best for the aquarium that houses this fish to keep it from colliding with the tank sides. The Flying fish may require black worms, brine shrimp, or other live foods during acclimation. Some individuals are reported to eat from a feeding stick after acclimation. The Flying Fish should be housed with peaceful tankmates that are large enough to avoid being swallowed. A reef tank is not suitable for this species since it feeds off of the sand.a

AKA: Oriental Helmet Gurnard

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