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Jawfish

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Jawfish are certainly entertaining to watch.  And they like to keep an eye on what's going on too, often building a burrow in the substrate near the center of your aquarium.  They will even spit substrate at fish that happen to get too close.  Jawfish are generally peaceful; but unless a mated pair, they will fight with their own kind.

 

It will need a tank which is at least 30 gallons, with live rock, and at least a 3 to 4 inch deep mixture of fine to moderate grain sand to sift through.  Also, supply some small rubble for its burrow.  A well fitting top is required as they are known jumpers.

 

Jawfish should be fed at least three times a day.  Their diet should consists of a variety of chopped meaty marine food including: krill, shrimp, squid, clams, and mysis shrimp.  While being a carnivore, they will benefit from occasionally eating herbivore preparations.

 

Chinstrap Jawfish (Opistognathus sp 6)

Max Size: 3"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Indo-Pacific

 

Blue Dot Jawfish (Opistognathus rosenblatti)

Max Size: 3.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Moderate

Temperament: Semi-Aggressive

Reef Compatible: With Caution
Origin: Mexico

Species Notes: Specimens taken from the Sea of Cortez are used to waters between 58°F and 70°F, and require a chiller in warmer weather.

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Yellowhead Jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons)

Max Size: 4"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Caribbean

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Black Cap Jawfish (Opistognathus randalli)

Max Size: 4.5"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Indo-Pacific

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Dusky Jawfish (Opistognathus whitehurstii)

Max Size: 4"

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef Compatible: Yes
Origin: Caribbean
 

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Saltwater Fish Index

 

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26 minutes ago, M. Tournesol said:

Blue Dot Jawfish (Opistognathus rosenblatti) need a temperature of 14-21°C (58-70°F).

Thanks for the info.  That's strange that neither LiveAquaria nor BlueZooAquatics mentioned it.  However, I edited the species notes to include this information.

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