Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Australian Stripey, Microcanthus strigatus
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Australian Stripey
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Australian Stripey (Microcanthus strigatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 6"
Origin Australia
Family Kyphosidae
Minimum Tank Size 120 gallons
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Overview

Fast, friendly and full of personality, these hard-to-find Australian Stripeys are a joy to watch in the home aquarium. Preferring to school, this little jewel is peaceful, but far from shy! Be one of the first hobbyists to enjoy keeping a thriving group of Stripeys in your showcase aquarium!

Sometimes categorized with Butterflyfish, the Australian Stripey is actually a Sea Chub that can be recognized by a deep, compressed body, and distinctly slanting black and yellow stripes. This species lives on rocky and coral reefs in protected coastal and estuarine waters around Hawaii, Japan, China, New Caledonia and Australia.

An omnivore, the Australian Stripey readily accepts frozen and freeze-dried diets containing algae, supplemented with dried algae and vitamin-enriched frozen mysis shrimp, and frozen brine shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 2"

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