Scientific Name: Serranus subligarius
Reef Compatibility: with Caution
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gal
Max Size: 3 inches
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-2 inches
Notes: The belted sandfish has a laterally compressed elongate body with a relatively short, pointed snout. It has 3 clearly visible spines on the gill cover, the middle spine being straight.
The Belted Sandfish is a predatory species, the smaller fish, less than 1.6 inches in total length they eat small crustaceans such as amphipods, gammarids and shrimp they will also readily accept frozen or other prepared foods. Belted Sandfish are solitary fish which hunt close to the substrate, typically as the sun goes down. They capture prey by drawing it into their large mouth by creating a powerful suction as the mouth opens and then swallowing it whole.
The Belted Sandfish diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high-quality marine flake and marine pellet food.
Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided.