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Bigeye Soldierfish - Myripristis sp. - Large

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Bigeye Soldierfish are red with some silvery highlights and large eyes. These fish are primarily nocturnal; their red color and large eyes help them hide and see in the dark.

Squirrelfish and Soldierfish are brightly colored, usually red with pearly white, silver, black or yellow accents – but unlike most other reef fish, their color is not used to get them noticed. These fish, belonging to separate subfamilies of the family Holocentridae, use their red color to help them disappear in the dark depths and caves where they live and hunt. These fish are nocturnal, meaning they are active mostly at night, and many live in deeper waters than the sunlight can penetrate. The all have very large eyes, too, which helps them to see prey in their dark environment.

Squirrelfish and Soldierfish spend most of their time during daylight hours hiding in rocks, caves, or other dim areas of the aquarium. They can be kept as individuals, but are more secure in groups, and should be kept that way if the tank is large enough. They will not bother corals, but will eat small fish, shrimp, and other invertebrates they come across. Feed them a variety of meaty foods and provide a space for them to hide, whether with live rock or ornaments with caves.


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Common NameBigeye Soldierfish - Large
Scientific NameMyripristis sp.
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
Reef SafeYes, with caution
Invert SafeNo
Community SafeYes, with caution
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State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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