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Schauinsland’s Sand Perch

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

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

[edit] Overview

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 (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

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).

[edit] 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.

[edit] Notes

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
Facts about Schauinsland’s Sand PerchRDF feed
Common name Schauinsland’s Sand Perch  +, Redspotted Sandperch  +, Flagfin Weaver  +, Rosy Sandsmelt  +, Sand Perch  +, and Schauinsland's Sea Perch  +
Family Pinguipedidiae  +
Genus Parapercis  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 5 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 20 gal  +
Native range East Africa  +, Pitcairn Islands  +, Japan  +, Great Barrier Reef  +, and Oceania  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name schauinslandi  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +

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