Black Striped Shrimpfish (Aeoliscus strigatus)
Family: Centriscidae (Shrimpfishes)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific Region, and Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 98 ft. Size: 6 in. Jumps: No Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Benthic copepods, shrimp, zooplankton
Natural History: The Black Striped Shrimpfish is found on clear reef flats, faces, and slopes in association with seagrass and coral. It is often observed large schools but is also found singly or in pairs. Its background generally includes gorgonians, whip corals, long-spined sea urchins, and branching Acropora.
Husbandry: The Black Striped Shrimpfish will thrive best if kept with plenty of live rock to provide it with the type of food crustaceans it prefers. A refugium may be of great help in this regard. It is reported to eat newborn guppies, mollies, and shrimp. It should be housed with peaceful tankmates and not with other copepod-feeding species. The Black Striped Shrimpfish can best be kept in groups. This species is reported to be sensitive to copper-based fish medications.
AKA: Coral Shrimpfish, Striped Shrimpfish, Razorfish
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