Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Flying Gurnard
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Flying Gurnard
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Flying Gurnard (Dactyloptena orientalis)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 180 gallons
Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 1' 2"
Color Form Blue, Orange, Tan
Diet Carnivore
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Origin Indian Ocean
Family Dactylopteridae
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Overview

The Flying Gurnard is also known as the Oriental Helmut Gurnard. It is a light-brown color with orange to dark-brown spots. The pectoral fins can be flared out into an impressive display of fan-like wings, with spines extending beyond the flesh at the tips. The tips of the wings are tinged with a blue.

A 180 gallon or larger aquarium with a large unobstructed swimming area and a sandy bottom without much rockwork will provide a suitable environment. Aggressive tank mates should be avoided as well as bottom dwellers.

The diet of the Flying Gurnard consists of small bottom-dwelling fish, black worms, shrimp (mysis or brine), and other meaty foods.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2" Medium: 2" to 3" Large: 3" to 4"

Customer Testimonials

Suzanne Almandinger Joplin , MO
This fish is one of the most unique and cool fish I have ever kept. He arrived in great shape and is doing well. He takes his time eating and is fairly finicky about the size and texture of the morsels he'll swallow. If he was with fast eating fish I don't think he would get enough to eat.
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