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Pinecone Fish EXPERT ONLY
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Pinecone Fish EXPERT ONLY (Cleidopus gloriamaris)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Expert Only
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Clear, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025, 64-72° F
Max. Size 9"
Origin Australia, Coral Sea
Family Monocentridae
Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
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The Pinecone Fish, also called the Pineapple Fish and Knight-fish, is covered with spines, and has a brilliant yellow body. It has what appears to be a glowing smile due to the bioluminescent bacteria which inhabit the light organs found on the sides of the mouth. These symbiotic bacteria are responsible for its glow which is usually green, but occasionally red in older Pinecone Fish.

The Pinecone Fish is easy to care for in a 50 gallon or larger aquarium with abundant caves for retreating from lights, and several peaceful tank mates. These fish are extremely sensitive to copper sulfate, and should never be exposed to this medication.

When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. The diet consists of live foods like shrimp and small fish.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1 1/2" to 3"

Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution. “Expert Only” aquatic life is exempt from our extended guarantee after their arrival.

Customer Testimonials

Joe M. Miami , FL
I own about 15 of these pinecone fish in a 1300 gallon tank with nothing else in it. They are very colorful. They get along great with my reefs that take up like all of my tank. They love it and so do I. Get one of these cool fish.
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