Pearly Yellowhead Jawfish


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Pearly Yellowhead Jawfish
CARE LEVEL TEMPERAMENT DIET
REEF SAFE
Intermediate Peaceful Herbivore
Yes
PURCHASE SIZE MAX SIZE
ORIGIN
TANK SIZE
1.5-2" 4"
Fiji, Indo Pacific 30g
SG
TEMPERATURE
dKH
pH
1.020-1.025 72-78F
8-12
8.1-8.4

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Opistognathus aurifrons

The pearly yellowhead jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) is a captivating marine fish known for its striking appearance and intriguing behavior. This species is typically found in the sandy, rubble-strewn bottoms of coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. It can grow up to 4 inches (10 cm) in length and is characterized by its elongated, slender body and vibrant coloration.

The most distinguishing feature of the pearly yellowhead jawfish is its bright yellow head, which fades into a pearly white body. This coloration is complemented by iridescent blue accents around the eyes and fins, giving the fish a jewel-like appearance. The jawfish's large, expressive eyes add to its endearing charm.

One of the most fascinating behaviors of the pearly yellowhead jawfish is its burrowing habit. Using its powerful jaws, the fish excavates a burrow in the sandy substrate, which it uses as a home and a refuge from predators. It spends much of its time hovering just above the entrance to its burrow, ever watchful and ready to dart back inside at the first sign of danger.

In a home aquarium, pearly yellowhead jawfish require a tank with a deep sandy substrate to accommodate their burrowing behavior. They thrive in peaceful community tanks with other non-aggressive species. It is essential to provide ample hiding spots and a stable environment, as these fish can be shy and sensitive to changes in water quality.

Their diet consists mainly of small crustaceans and plankton, so a varied diet of frozen and live foods, along with high-quality marine pellets, will keep them healthy and vibrant. With their unique behavior and stunning appearance, pearly yellowhead jawfish make a delightful and interesting addition to any marine aquarium.

As with all marine fish, they benefit from a varied diet of vitamin enriched foods consiting of high-quality flake foods, pellets, frozen or live food like brine shrimp, and algae-based preparations. Blennies will also benefit greatly from live phytoplankton which is readily available to them in the wild.

For more information about this species and more visit our Marine Fish Care Blog.

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