Striped Squirrelfish - Sargocentron xantherythrum The Striped Squirrelfish, also known as the Hawaiian Squirrelfish, is one of the most common squirrelfish seen by scuba divers. It is bright red with thin, white horizontal stripes. With it's red metallic coloration against the vivid white striping, the Striped Squirrel is an excellent and attractive addition to a peaceful Fish Only system. This fish is very hardy and can be kept singly but prefers schools. Provide them overhangs and caves. Do not handle this fish with a net as it can be easily damaged by the material. They prefers a dimly lit tank. The Striped Squirrelfish have large preopercular spine and mouth. The dorsal spines are 8 with 14 dorsal soft rays. The soft rays are orange or yellow and dorsal spine is vermilion.The snout of this fish is slightly concave. The Striped Squirrelfish requires a larger aquarium with large amounts of live rock, hiding places, and swimming room. It will do well with others of its own species as long as there is adequate hiding locations and adequate space. The Striped Squirrelfish is nocturnal fish that is normally seen hiding in caverns and under large coral heads by day. They emerge at night to feed upon large zooplankton and small fishes. They have large scales (unlike Bigeyes) and sharp venomous fin and head spines. Maximum Size:
The Striped Squirrelfish grows up to 7 inches. General Size:
This fish generally comes in 2 to 6 inches. Minimum Tank Size:
The Striped Squirrelfish prefers a tank of at least 60 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim. Tank Conditions:
The Striped Squirrelfish should ideally be kept in temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A pH value of 8.1 or 8.4, and a specific gravity of 1.020 to 1.025 should be maintained. When kept with invertebrates, the specific gravity range should be 1.020 to 1.025, for the invertebrate species. In a fish only aquarium, the specific gravity should fall between 1.020 and 1.023. Habitat:
The Striped Squirrelfish occurs on coral reefs of the Indo-West Pacific from southern Red Sea and East Africa to New Caledonia, north to southern Japan, south to Australia. In Australia it is known from the offshore reefs of north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef to northern New South Wales. Diet and Feeding:
The Striped Squirrelfish is an carnivore that can be fed a mixed diet of shrimp, squid, clams, fish, and other meaty fares suitable for carnivores, as well as marine algae and vitamin-enriched herbivore foods.