Barred Flagtail Grunts

(Kuhlia mugil)

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, Glass/Grass Shrimp or Black Worms. Juveniles are colorful but as the fish matures their coloration may 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.

Barred Flagtail Grunts are also sometimes known as the Fiveband Flagtail or Five Bar Flagtail. Not often seen in the aquarium trade. Barred Flagtail Grunts are generally silver with tinges of blue, brown or yellow. The Barred Flagtail Grunts can grow to a little over 16".

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
  • Behavior: BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food DietLive FoodLive Food
  • Habitat: HabitatPlantedPlanted
  • Light: LightHighHigh