Aeoliscus strigatus
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Aeoliscus strigatus
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Aeoliscus strigatus
Source: JJPhoto.dk

Facts

Latin name Aeoliscus strigatus
Common name Striped Shrimpfish
Family Centriscidae - Aeoliscus
Origin East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, The Red Sea
Max length 15 cm (5.9")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 200 l (53 gal)
Hardiness Average
Suitable for aquarium Suitable for special aquariums
Reef safe Always reef safe
Aggressiveness Peaceful

Food

Recommended
  • Zooplankton (Cyclops, pods...)
  • Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)
  • Fish

Live food

This species must have live food in order to survive for any length of time in the aquarium.

This could consist of live Artemia (Brine shrimp) or similar.

Very frequent feeding

This species requires feeding 4 or more times a day.

Enriched food

This species often becomes malnourished in captivity, it is therefore important to enrich their food with omega-3 and vitamins.  

Well established aquarium with pods

This species thrives best when there is a sufficiently large amount of micro life (copepods, amphipods or similar) in the aquarium, so that the it can always find their own food.

Thrives best in groups

This species thrives best if it is kept in a group of five or more individuals.

Overhangs and caves

This species thrives best in an aquarium with overhangs and caves. 

Family description (Centriscidae)

Shrimpfishes (Centriscidae) have a very characteristic way of swimming where they stay vertical whilst having their heads pointed downwards. 

They have similar needs to Pipefish, to which they are related. It is easiest to keep them in a small aquarium with gentle water circulation and without food competitors, predatory fish, crabs or similar. 

As Shrimpfish do not often eat frozen food, it is important that they are fed live feed, if there isn't enough zooplankton in the aquarium it self. This could be enriched live zooplankton, or fish fry.
They must be fed continuously, so if there are not enough zooplankton in the tank, an automatic feeder for live food could be necessary. 

Shrimpfish should be kept in a small group and are not normally aggressive towards other fish. 

References and further reading

About references

Scott W. Michael. 2001. Reef Fishes volume 1 - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Shrimpfishes, Family Centriscidae, Darlings of the Public Aquarium Interest - Wet Web Media - (English)
2009. Care of Striped Shrimpfish - Reef Central - (English)

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).

Tags

pods, live food, shoal group, hard to feed
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