Schauinsland’s Sand Perch

From Microcosm Aquarium Explorer

Parapercis schauinslandi - (Steindachner, 1900)
Schauinsland’s Sand Perch

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A great choice for the reef aquarium, but it can become more of a bully as it gets larger. Scott W. Michael


This is one of the best sand perch species for the reef tank as it does not get as large many in its clan and is thus less of a threat to invertebrates.

Family: Pinguipedidiae

Other common name(s):

  • Redspotted Sandperch
  • Flagfin Weaver
  • Rosy Sandsmelt
  • Sand Perch
  • Schauinsland's Sea Perch

Native range:

Habitat: This species is usually found on open sand and rubble substrates near reefs.

Maximum length: 13 cm (5 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 76 L (20 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)


Meaty foods, including chopped seafood, mysid shrimp, and frozen preparations for carnivores. Feed every other day in the reef tank (once or twice a day in a tank without live substrate).

Aquarium Compatibility

It is less aggressive toward fish tankmates than many of its congeners. It can become more of a bully as it gets larger. Even small specimens may harass other bottom-dwelling fishes introduced to the tank after the sand perch is established, especially in a smaller aquarium.


A small aggregation of these fish can be kept in a larger reef tank, but be sure to introduce all individuals to the aquarium simultaneously.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM