Blue Stripped Grunts

(Haemulon sciurus)

Provide an aquarium with plenty of rockwork, cracks, crevices and caves for hiding. Grunts also require wide open swim areas and a deep sand bed. They will sift through the sand looking for prey. Grunts are not reef safe and will eat any fish or invertebrate they can fit in their mouth. Provide a diet of meaty based foods three times a day. Grunts may not eat prepared foods when first acclimated, try feeding enriched live adult Brine Shrimp or Black Worms. Juveniles are colorful but as the fish matures their coloration will begin to fade. Grunts should be housed with other peaceful tank mates. Keep only one per aquarium and provide a tight fitting lid as they may jump.

Blue Stripped Grunts are also sometimes known as the Boar, Golden, Humpback or Redmouth Grunt. Rarely seen in the aquarium trade. Blue Stripped Grunts have a yellow body with blue horizontal stripes, yellow anal and pelvic fins with the tail being a combination of black and clear. The Blue Stripped Grunts can grow to a little over 18".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 240 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

  • Care: CareModerateModerate CareEasyEasy
  • Behavior: BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food DietLive FoodLive Food
  • Habitat: HabitatReefReef
  • Light: LightMediumMedium