Small Mouth Grunts

(Haemulon chrysargyreum)

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.

Small Mouth Grunts are also sometimes known as the Bronze or Yellowstripe Grunts. Rarely seen in the aquarium trade. Small Mouth Grunts are an overall silver color with yellow horizontal stripes and all yellow fins. The Small Mouth Grunts can grow to a little over 9".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 150 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