Yellow Goatfish (Med) *QUARANTINED*

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Yellow Goatfish (Med)
CARE LEVEL TEMPERAMENT DIET
REEF SAFE
Expert Peaceful Carnivore
With Caution
PURCHASE SIZE MAX SIZE
ORIGIN
MIN TANK SIZE
APPROX 5" 1' 8"

180g
SG
TEMPERATURE
dKH
pH
1.020-1.025 72-78F
8-12
8.1-8.4

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This fish is relatively new to the hobby but has been taking the reef world by storm! This Beautiful fish has a strong golden-yellow color and will bring life to your aquarium. The goatfish likes to sift the sand for invertebrates to eat and so a great sand bed is a must to keep these guys comfortable.

Similar to Anthias Goatfish have a high metabolism and should be fed meaty offerings four to five times daily making care for this fish more difficult for the beginning aquarist.


Mulloidichthys martinicus

The Yellow Goatfish, scientifically known as Mulloidichthys martinicus, is a striking marine fish renowned for its vibrant yellow coloration and distinctive elongated body shape. Native to the tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, these fish are often found in shallow coastal areas, including coral reefs, rocky outcrops, and seagrass beds.

Characterized by a slender body with a slightly compressed shape, the Yellow Goatfish typically grows to lengths of around 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 centimeters), though larger specimens have been recorded. Its prominent feature is its distinctly pointed snout, which extends into a downward-facing mouth equipped with specialized barbels.

These barbels are an essential adaptation that aids the Yellow Goatfish in its foraging behavior. Acting as sensory organs, the barbels help the fish detect and locate prey buried in the sandy substrate or hidden among rocks and corals. Their diet primarily consists of small invertebrates such as crustaceans, mollusks, and worms, which they stir up from the ocean floor using their protractile mouths.

In addition to their striking yellow hue, Yellow Goatfish often display a series of subtle vertical stripes along their body, providing effective camouflage amidst the varied habitats they inhabit. Their fins are typically translucent, with a hint of yellow or orange accenting the edges, adding to their overall visual appeal.

Yellow Goatfish are known for their gregarious behavior, often forming loose aggregations or small schools as they patrol the reef in search of food. This social nature also extends to their breeding habits, where they gather in groups during spawning season.

Due to their vibrant coloration, unique morphology, and intriguing behaviors, Yellow Goatfish are prized by snorkelers, divers, and marine enthusiasts alike, adding a splash of color and activity to the vibrant underwater ecosystems they call home.


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