Popeye Catalufa Soldierfish


Scientific Name: Pristigenys serrula
Family: Priacanthidae
Color: black, orange, red, white

Fish Care

Fish Diet: Carnivore
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Reef Safe: With Caution
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gal
Max Size: 7"
Relative Care: Moderate


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.