Symphorichthys spilurus
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Symphorichthys spilurus
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Symphorichthys spilurus
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Symphorichthys spilurus
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Symphorichthys spilurus
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Facts

Latin name Symphorichthys spilurus - (Günther, 1874)
Common name Sailfin snapper
Family Lutjanidae - Symphorichthys
Origin Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific
Max length 60.0 cm (23.6")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 1400 l (369 gal)
Hardiness Hardy
Suitable for aquarium Suitable with care
Reef safe Reef safe with caution
Aggressiveness Aggressive towards other species

Food

Mostly
  • Other invertebrates
Recommended
  • Larger crustaceans (Shrimp, crabs...)
  • Fish

Aggressive

This species can be extremely aggressive towards other fish.

Be careful when keeping these fish together with peaceful or docile species. Regular feeding, plenty of hiding places and a lot of space can alleviate aggressive behavior to some degree.

Can be a threat towards crustaceans etc.

This species will eat shrimps, crabs, small bivalves, snails and the like.

Can be a threat to small fish

This spicies might be a threat to smaller fishes.

Demand a very large aquarium when fully grown

This species needs a very large aquarium when fully grown.

Exactly how big the aquarium should be is hard to say, but the size of this species is such, that it cannot normally be kept in a home aquarium.

Grows fast

This species grows very quickly if fed well.

Frequent feeding

This fish requires feeding several times a day, especially when newly added.

When the fish can find its natural food in the aquarium it requires less frequent feeding. 

Heavy load

This species eats a great deal and demands an aquarium that can tolerate such a heavy load.

Acclimitises best as a juvenile

This species will better acclimatize to the aquarium`s condition if introduced, when young.

Very small individuals can be very delicate.

Thrive best on their own

These fish flourish better without other members of the same species in the aquarium.

Requires plenty of space for swimming.

This species revels in swimming and requires an aquarium with ample space.

Initially shy

This species can be very shy when first introduced into a new aquarium.

More aggressive fish can be introduced after this species has acclimatized.

Overhangs and caves

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

Family description (Lutjanidae)

Snappers (Lutjanidae) are predatory fish, which normally live off fish and a wide range of invertebrates; typically crustaceans, but also snails, sea urchins, worms etc. They will mostly find their food on the bottom, and some species will blow in the sand to find food.

Unlike the other species, species in the Macolor, Pinjalo and Rhomboplites genera live of the larger kinds of zooplankton.

Snappers are generally fairly hardy, but are only suitable for very large aquaria. One should arrange the tank, with a large overhang or hole where they can hide.

FishBase

Aquarium trade Yes
Distribution Western Pacific: Ryukyu Islands to New Caledonia and the Great Barrier Reef, including New Guinea, Sulawesi (Celebes), Admiralty Islands, Palau, and Philippines. Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797). Also known from eastern Indian Ocean from Rowle
English common names Sailfin snapper, Blue-lined sea bream
Danish common names Sejlfinnesnapper

References and further reading

About references

Scott W. Michael. 2004. Angelfishes and Butterflyfishes (Reef Fishes Series Book 3) TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Snappers, Family Lutjanidae - Wet Web Media - (English)
WWM Crew. FAQs about Snappers, Family Lutjanidae - Wet Web Media - (English)

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

Tags

aggressive territorial, docile shy, eats shrimp, eats crab, eats bivalve clams mussels scallops, eats snails, eats fish, predatory
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