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Carnivorous; meaty foods, like plankton, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, krill, and clams; frozen foods.


Good sand-sifter; generally peaceful; active, provide large open areas.


Varies with species. Most Community Safe with larger fish, not Invert Safe. Reef Safe with caution; larger fish may damage some corals.

Species Overview

Goatfish are too often ignored by aquarists. They are hardy and very colorful additions to a saltwater tank. Goatfish have long, slender bodies with two long "whiskers" known as barbels by their mouth. They use these barbels as feelers to explore their environment and search for food. They are generally very hardy but if threatened or frightened, they have been known to jump from the aquarium. A secure lid is essential to help keep the goatfish safe and in the aquarium.

Goatfish also do a great job maintaining the cleanliness of the sand bed as they sift through the sand in search of their next meal. They are very active and generally peaceful with other fish, but may eat smaller invertebrates. Being that goatfish are very active, they do require larger tanks with a deeper sand bed and large open areas. Goatfish are generally not picky eaters. They will accept most meaty foods like plankton, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, krill, and clams, depending on the size of the goatfish.

We always suggest that you do further research before adding a new pet to your tank. What we have provided for you are guidelines and suggestions. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our fish room at 717-299-5691 ext. 1213 or

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Frozen Aquarium Food
Feeding Tongs
Fine Substrate
Glass Canopy
Live Rock