Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Bicolor Goatfish
Bicolor Goatfish
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Bicolor Goatfish (Parupeneus barberinoides)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 125 gallons
Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 10"
Color Form Black, Red, White, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
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Origin Fiji, Melanesia
Family Mullidae
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The Bicolor Goatfish, is also referred to as the Dash and Dot, Half and Half Goatfish, and Swarthy-headed Goatfish. It has a burgundy anterior and yellow posterior divided by a white band. There is a black dot on the posterior portion and a pair of white stripes on the anterior portion giving it the name Dash and Dot Goatfish. Both head and tail also have blue markings.

A 125 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of swimming room is recommended, and it needs non-aggressive tank mates. The bottom of the tank should be sandy so it may use its barbels to sift through the substrate in search of food (invertebrates, small crustaceans, worms). Because it eats the invertebrates, the nitrogen load capacity of the sand will be reduced and it will be well-oxygenated due to the sifting.

The diet should consist of fresh or frozen meaty preparations. If the aquarium is fish-only, it will keep the bottom of the tank immaculate by eating fallen meaty foods. It should be fed 3-4 times daily.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Medium: 1-1/2" to 2"; Large: 2" to 4"

Customer Testimonials

Damon K Carbondale , IL
My Bicolor Goatfish is great. Someone told me this is the fish to get to eliminate bristle worms, but I had no idea! Mine will search the bottom of my 80-gallon reef continually eating them! It can be bullied, though, so provide plenty of hiding places. I don't add food specifically for it, as it relishes anything that hits the bottom. This is a great fish.
Elliot H Rockford , IL
For the littlest fish in my predator tank, he cetainly dominates it at feeding time. Steals food right out of the much larger tuskfish's mouth! Very quick and acrobatic too!
Julie K Scottsdale , AZ
I love this fish .. This was the first one Hubby demanded I get ...I have had my fish in there 1 yr and so he is a new Addison to my tank he made himself at home and is a fun fish always in the spot light ... THanks foster and smith again
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