Popeye Catalufa Soldierfish


Fish Type: Squirrelfish


Scientific Name: Pristigenys serrula


Species: Priacanthidae

Color: black, orange, red, white
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 7"
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gal
Relative Care: Moderate
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Popeye Catalufa Soldierfish, also known as the Bigeye Soldierfish, and is a burnt orange to red color with several white highlights. The dorsal fin has a feathery appearance and the other fins are marked in dark black at the ends.

A 70 gallon or larger aquarium with generous amounts of live rock, hiding places, and swimming room provides a good environment. It will do well with others of its own species as long as there are adequate hiding locations and plenty of space. It will eat invertebrates such as worms (includes fireworms), crustaceans, and serpent stars. It is a nocturnal fish and hides while the lights are on.

When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. The diet should vary between live feeder shrimps, freeze-dried shrimps, chopped marine meats.