Fish Database

Black Bar Squirrelfish

Scientific Name: Myripristis amaena

Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Forumlar I & II & Meaty Foods
Max Size:
Minimum Tank Size: 120gal
Relative Care: Easy
Photo Courtesy of Among the Reef

Squirrelfish are very hardy. They don’t bother corals, but they will eat snails, crabs, starfish, and small fish, so if you plan on placing one in your reef tank, you need to take this into account. They do get to a large size, with the Sabre Squirrelfish (Sargocentron spiniferum) getting about 20 inches or so, but the striped squirrels group are smaller, in the 4-6 inch range. Squirrelfish are very active during the day and are nocturnal, so they will become even more active when the lights go off. It’s a good fish for a FO or a FOWLR tank and can be kept with both aggressive and non-aggressive fish. They also make knocking sounds that you can hear from some distance away. The Black Bar is one of the larger of the squirrelfish. It will most likely eat any small fish or invertebrates.

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