Fish Type: Jawfish
Scientific Name: Opistognathus rosenblatti
Aggressiveness: Caution Needed
Max Size: 3.9"
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gal
Relative Care: Easy
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Jawfish do well in reef tanks that have sandy bottoms. They like to dig tunnels and move sand around the tank. They live in these tunnels, with their heads sticking out, waiting for food to come by. When it does they will come out and grab it, then retreat back into their hole. They do well in pairs but some are aggressive and will fight with each other, especially the Blue Spotted Jawfish. They need at least 20 gallon tanks with non-aggressive tankmates. Even though they live in tunnels for protection they need to come out to get food.
Very personable. A cover is absolutely required to keep this fish, as they are known for jumping out of the aquarium.